Watercraft, Snowmobile, ATV



Watercraft Registration
The Town of Farmington serves as an agent for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IF&W) for the registration and re-registration of boats.  Most boat owners are required to pay an annual excise tax to the Town prior to registration or re-registration.  After paying the excise tax the registration process may be completed with the Town or with IF&W. Boat registrations are for the period January 1 to December 31.
Re-registrations and excise tax payment may be completed in person at the town office or by mail.
 
Watercraft Excise Tax
By Maine law, the owner of watercraft located in Maine, unless otherwise exempt, is liable to pay an annual excise tax to the municipality for the privilege of operating that watercraft on Maine waters.  The excise tax is in lieu of all property taxes on watercraft.  The excise tax is based on the age and length of the watercraft as well as the horsepower of its motor.
 
If the watercraft is owned by an individual resident of Maine, the excise tax shall be paid to the municipality where the owner resides. If the watercraft is owned by an individual who is a non-resident of Maine, or by a partnership or corporation, domestic or foreign, the excise tax shall be paid to the municipality where the watercraft is principally moored, docked or located or has its established base or operations.
 
What is needed to register a boat for the first time:

  • Bill of Sale
  • Boat information, including Serial Number or Registration Number, boat length and motor size 
      

What is needed to renew a boat registration:

  • Previous Registration or assigned Boat ME number
     

Snowmobile and ATV Registration
There is no excise tax on snowmobiles or ATVs.  Registrations can be processed with either the Town of Farmington, IF &W or online at the IF & W website.  Snowmobile and ATV registrations are for the period July 1 to June 30.
 
 
What is needed to register a snowmobile or ATV for the first time:

  • Bill of Sale
  • Snowmobile or ATV information including Serial Number or Registration Number  

 
What is needed to renew a boat registration:

  • Previous Registration or previous assigned ME sticker number. 
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