Maine Revised Statutes

§3971. Records of sales of used merchandise

1. Records required.  Every dealer in used personal property shall record the following information before completing the purchase of any used personal property:
A. The date of the purchase; [2003, c. 582, §2 (NEW).]
B. The seller's name and address; and [2003, c. 582, §2 (NEW).]
C. A brief description of the property, including any identification numbers. [2003, c. 582, §2 (NEW).]
Before recording the information required by this subsection, a dealer shall require reasonable written proof of the seller's identification in the form of a motor vehicle operator's license, military identification card, adult liquor identification card or similar item.
[ 2003, c. 582, §2 (NEW) .]
2. Form of records.  The records required under subsection 1 must be kept for the purpose of complying with this section, maintained in order by date of purchase and contained either in a bound volume or ledger or in a binder in which pages can be affixed.
[ 2003, c. 582, §2 (NEW) .]
3. Availability for inspection.  Upon request by any law enforcement officer or prosecuting attorney, a dealer in used personal property shall promptly make available for inspection at the dealer's principal place of business the records required under subsection 1.
[ 2003, c. 582, §2 (NEW) .]
4. Violations.  A dealer in used personal property who violates any of the requirements of this section or a seller who provides false identification to a dealer is guilty of a Class E crime.
[ 2003, c. 582, §2 (NEW) .]
2003, c. 582, §2 (NEW).