In the State of Maine when you transfer the ownership of a vehicle you have to complete the odometer reading on the back of the vehicle’s Certificate of title. You need to record the odometer disclosure statement in the Assignment of Ownership section of the title for all vehicles model year 2011 or newer, self-propelled, and with a registered weight of 16,000 lbs. or less. Also a separate Odometer Disclosure form may be necessary in certain situations.
The following vehicle types are exempt from odometer reading disclosure in the State of Maine: all vehicles model year 2010 or older, all vehicles over 16,000 pounds, not self-propelled vehicles (trailer-type), low-speed vehicles (LSV), and mopeds or scooters.
Moreover a separate Odometer Disclosure Statement may be required in certain cases. For example if the back of the title or manufacturer’s certificate of origin is filled or is not in compliance with the regulations. Or if the vehicle’s Certificate of title doesn’t contain the odometer reading section. So to be sure we recommend to complete also a separate Odometer Disclosure Statement Form MVT-32. Furthermore you should complete this form as well to keep a sale record along with a copy of the assigned title. See more details below.
According to the federal and state law the seller or transferor will provide to the buyer or transferee an odometer disclosure statement. See Maine law Title 29-A: Motor Vehicles and Traffic – Chapter 7: Title to Vehicles – Subchapter 4: Antitheft Provisions and Penalties: Information on transfer. At the time of transfer of a motor vehicle, each transferor shall furnish to the transferee the information required by this subsection in accordance with the federal Truth in Mileage Act of 1986, Public Law 99-579, and the rules promulgated under 49 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 580. The information must be on the reverse of any title or manufacturer’s certificate of origin that complies with the federal Truth in Mileage Act of 1986 and rules.
Maine Odometer Disclosure Statement Form
Below you can find the Maine optional state-approved fillable PDF form for your use.
If you need to use the Maine Odometer Disclosure Statement Form MVT-32, this form is composed of three sections. Below you can see how to complete this form as the current owner:
The first section includes the vehicle details. So here complete first the Year, Make, VIN Number and date of purchase. Next complete current owner’s full name. Please write OWNER’S NAME using only Capital Letters. Lastly complete current owner’s address, city, state, and ZIP code:
The second section is the current odometer reading. First check if the odometer has five or six digits. Next complete the current odometer reading. Here use only digits without tenths. Then check the measure unit, usually miles (mi). Following check if the odometer reading is the actual mileage. However if the odometer reading is in excess of the mechanical limits of the odometer or is not the actual mileage please check the corresponding box and explain your situation:
In the third and last section the current owner certifies that the provided details are true. Finally complete the current date, then sign and write the owner’s full name. Please write OWNER’S NAME using only Capital Letters:
If you want to learn how to record a precise odometer reading you can find all the details here: Reading the Odometer – How to read an Odometer.
Also you can complete this form by hand. However don’t forget to use a pen and not a pencil.
How to complete the Maine Odometer Disclosure Statement
When you complete the Odometer Disclosure Statement in the Assignment of Ownership section on the back of the vehicle’s Certificate of Title you have to complete the following details.
Please note that any change or erasure will void the title! So read carefully all the requirements on the title before you actually start to write on it.
First the seller completes the buyer’s full name. Please write BUYER’S NAME using only Capital Letters. Next complete buyer’s full address, city, state, and ZIP code. Lastly complete the date of sale.
Following the seller completes the current odometer reading and certifies that this is the Actual Mileage. Please use only digits without tenths. If it’s the case the seller may check if the Odometer reading exceeds the odometer’s mechanical limits or is NOT the actual mileage (Odometer Discrepancy).
Next the seller signs and completes by hand the full printed name. Please write SELLER’S NAME using only Capital Letters. Next the seller(s) will complete the current date. Lastly complete the seller’s full address, city, state, and ZIP code.
Following the seller completes the details of the lienholder. If there is no lien then the seller will complete NONE in the Lienholder’s name field.
Next the buyer acknowledges that is aware of the odometer disclosure statement made by the seller(s) by signing and filling in the hand printed name. This means to use only Capital Letters to write BUYER’S NAME. Finally the buyer completes the current date:
Odometer Fraud in Maine
If you have reasons to believe that you may be a victim of odometer fraud please try to discuss first with the seller. Nonetheless if you are unable to find a solution you can file a complaint here: Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles – Office of Investigations.
Find more info about the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles
For more details please visit Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles was established in 1905. Since 1905 Maine BMV has served the residents of the State and all users of Maine highways. Maine BMV qualifies and licenses drivers and maintains records of driver history, vehicle ownership and vehicle registration. Also Maine BMV provides revenue to build and maintain Maine’s highways.