Maine Registered Vehicle, MA Resident

    Posted by MAIA on Jul 28, 2020 11:22:00 AM

    This question was answered based upon current rules, regulations & statutes in effect on July 2, 2020
    QUESTION

    We have a client that lives in MA and has a house in Maine.  He has a MA auto policy and owns a condo in MA and is a MA resident.   Is it okay for him to buy a car and register it in Maine and leave it in Maine most of the time.  It will be in MA on occasion but primarily in Maine.  Someone said to me that if he brings it to MA he could have a problem as far as the registry and or coverage.  I was no aware of it being a problem and had not heard that before.  I just wanted to check with you.

    Is there any way you can get back to me today.  He is buying the car tomorrow.

    ANSWER

    Kathy Cormier:  We have people that live in other states and keep cars there as well as MA...think of your snowbirds.

    The issue the customer could have is that if he has a MA license and is pulled over with a Maine registration...I would assume that the ME registration would have the ME address...or if the vehicle with the ME plates are in MA a lot that could cause a problem for him as it looks like he is avoiding MA tax.   He would have to explain the situation to the officer and possibly appeal a ticket when received.

    Agent:  Thank you for getting back to me.  That is what I thought.

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    Topics: Registry, 2020

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