Maine Boating Information
Registration Questions:(207) 287- 8000
Boating Registration Website:
State Tax Department Website:
Registration Grace Period (Days):60 days
Boat Sales & Use Tax Rate:5.5%
Credit For Tax Paid In Another State:Yes
State Decal Required For Documented Vessel:Yes
Boat Titles Issued:No
Notes:Sales tax is 2% for non-residents who purchase and base boats in Maine. Municipalities impose an annual excise tax boats home-ported in the town. The municipalities issue stickers indicating that the tax has been paid and is required for documented boats
Boating Law Administrator(207) 287-2766
Maximum Speed Limit:Posted Speed Limit
Maximum Dimensions For Trailer:458'L x 8'6"W x 13'6''H
Maximum Overall Length with Vehicle & Trailer:65'
Minimum Weight Requiring Separate Trailer Brakes:3000 lbs.
Trailer Equipment Requirements:
Safety Chains:Yes
Brake Lights:Yes
Taillights:Yes, at least 1 left of center
Clearance Lights:Yes, commercial vehicles or trailers over 7.5' height & width
License Light:Yes
Turn Signals:Yes
Reflectors:Yes, Commercial Vehicles Only
Flares:Yes, Commercial Vehicles Only
Breakaway Breaks:Yes, Commercial Vehicles Only
Two Trailers:No
Insurance:Not required specifically for the trailer, may fall under the vehicle insurance.
Over Limit Permits:(207) 624-9000 ext 52134
For specific questions about boating issues or BoatUS Government Affairs, please e-mail the department at