Maine Revised Statutes

§13155. Registration

1. Operating unregistered ATV. 
[ 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §405 (RP) .]
1-A. Operating unregistered ATV.  Except as provided in paragraph A, a person may not operate an ATV that is not registered in accordance with subsection 3.
A. The following exceptions apply.
(1) Registration is not required for an ATV operated on land on which the owner lives or on land on which the owner is domiciled, as long as the ATV is not operated elsewhere within the jurisdiction of the State.
(2) Registration is not required for an ATV operated by a commercial ski area for the purpose of packing snow or for rescue operations on the commercial ski area, unless the ATV is required to cross a public way during that operation.
(3) An ATV owned and operated in the State by the Federal Government, the State or a political subdivision of the State is exempt from registration fees but must be registered and is required to display registration numbers.
(4) An ATV registration for the farm use specified in Title 29-A, section 501, subsection 8, paragraph E is not required for a vehicle registered with the Secretary of State under Title 29-A, section 501, subsection 8.
(5) An ATV registered in another state or in a Canadian province may be operated without being registered pursuant to this section at a special event organized to occur in this State if the special event organizer submits a request in writing to the commissioner 60 days prior to the special event and provides the commissioner with a map of the trails to be used during the special event and the commissioner approves the request.
(6) An ATV owned or under the control of an ATV manufacturer may be operated without a Maine registration at a demonstration event organized to occur in this State if such operation is approved by the commissioner. An ATV manufacturer or a representative of an ATV manufacturer must submit a request in writing to the commissioner at least 60 days prior to the demonstration event and shall include a description and the location of the event.
(7) The commissioner may annually establish one 3-consecutive-day period, 2 days of which are weekend days, during which a nonresident may operate in the State an ATV that is not registered in this State if the nonresident's ATV has a valid registration from another state or a Canadian province. [2017, c. 97, §3 (AMD).]
B. The following penalties apply to violations of this subsection.
(1) A person who violates this subsection commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $200 nor more than $500 may be adjudged.
(2) A person who violates this subsection after having been adjudicated as having committed 3 or more civil violations under this Part within the previous 5-year period commits a Class E crime. [2009, c. 213, Pt. OO, §21 (AMD).]
[ 2017, c. 97, §3 (AMD) .]
2. Reciprocity. 
[ 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §407 (RP) .]
3. Application and issuance.  The commissioner, or an agent designated by the commissioner, may register and assign a registration number to an ATV upon application and payment of an annual fee by the owner. The commissioner shall charge a fee of $1 in addition to the annual fee for each registration issued by an employee of the department. The registration number in the form of stickers issued by the commissioner must be clearly displayed on the front and rear of the vehicle. A registration is valid for one year commencing July 1st of each year, except that any registration issued prior to July 1st but after May 1st is valid from the date of issuance until June 31st of the following year.
[ 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF); 2003, c. 695, Pt. B, §13 (AMD); 2003, c. 695, Pt. C, §1 (AFF) .]
4. Form of registration.  An ATV registration must be in such form as the commissioner may determine.
[ 2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF) .]
5. Fees.   The ATV registration fee is:
A. For a resident, $33 annually. The registration for an ATV owned by a resident is valid for one year, beginning on July 1st of each year; and [2011, c. 116, §1 (NEW); 2011, c. 116, §2 (AFF).]
B. For a nonresident:
(1) Fifty-three dollars for a registration valid for 7 consecutive days. A person may purchase more than one 7-day registration in any season; and
(2) Sixty-eight dollars for a registration valid for one year.
The registration for an ATV owned by a nonresident must specify the dates for which the registration is valid. [2011, c. 116, §1 (NEW); 2011, c. 116, §2 (AFF).]
[ 2011, c. 116, §2 (AFF); 2011, c. 116, §1 (RPR) .]
5-A. Temporary fee. 
[ 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §408 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF); MRSA T. 12, §13155, sub-§5-A (RP) .]
6. Duplicate registration certificate.  The holder of a registration certificate issued under this section may obtain a duplicate from the commissioner upon application and payment of a fee of $1.
[ 2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF) .]
7. Transfer of ownership, discontinuance of use.  A transfer of ownership or discontinuance of use of an all-terrain vehicle is subject to this subsection.
A. Whoever transfers the ownership or discontinues the use of a registered all-terrain vehicle shall, within 10 days, properly sign the registration, indicate the disposition of the all-terrain vehicle and return the registration to the commissioner. [2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF).]
B. An all-terrain vehicle owner who transfers ownership or discontinues its use may, within 10 days from the date of transfer or discontinuance, apply to the commissioner for registration of another all-terrain vehicle. The fee for the transfer is $4, and the registration is valid for the remainder of the registration year for which the previous all-terrain vehicle had been registered. [2007, c. 651, §20 (AMD).]
C. When there is a change of ownership of an all-terrain vehicle for which a registration has previously been issued, the new owner shall apply for a new registration and shall pay the applicable fee under subsection 5. [2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF).]
[ 2007, c. 651, §20 (AMD) .]
8. Restrictions. 
[ 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §409 (RP) .]
8-A. Registration inspection.  An owner or operator of an ATV shall present a registration certificate or an online registration receipt for inspection by any law enforcement officer on demand.
A. A person who violates this subsection commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $500 may be adjudged. [2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §410 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF).]
B. A person who violates this subsection after having been adjudicated as having committed 3 or more civil violations under this Part within the previous 5-year period commits a Class E crime. [2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §410 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF).]
[ 2009, c. 340, §22 (AMD) .]
8-B. Notification of destroyed, abandoned, stolen or permanently removed ATV.  The registrant shall notify the commissioner if an ATV is destroyed, abandoned, stolen or permanently removed from the State.
[ 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §410 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF) .]
9. Display of registration numbers.  Each new ATV sold in the State must have a space 6 inches in width by 3 1/2 inches in height provided on the front and rear of the machine, as high above the tires as possible, for the vertical display of the registration numbers. A person may not operate an ATV that is required to be registered under this section unless registration numbers in the form of stickers are displayed in these spaces or as otherwise required by the department. A person may operate an ATV registered online without displaying a registration number until that person receives the registration certificate from the department or for 30 days after registering the ATV online, whichever occurs first.
A. A person who violates this subsection commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $500 may be adjudged. [2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §411 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF).]
B. A person who violates this subsection after having been adjudicated as having committed 3 or more civil violations under this Part within the previous 5-year period commits a Class E crime. [2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §411 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF).]
[ 2015, c. 281, Pt. B, §1 (AMD) .]
10. Training and education.  The department shall provide training and education relating to ATVs.
[ 2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF) .]
11. Member of United States Armed Forces permanently stationed in State.   A person is eligible to register an ATV owned by that person at the resident fee if that person is:
A. Serving in the Armed Forces of the United States and is permanently stationed at a military or naval post, station or base in the State; or [2007, c. 70, §1 (NEW).]
B. The spouse or child of a person under paragraph A if the spouse or child permanently resides with that person. [2007, c. 70, §1 (NEW).]
A member of the Armed Forces of the United States stationed in the State or the spouse or child of that member who desires to register an ATV in this State shall present certification from the commander of the member's military or naval post, station or base, or from the commander's designated agent, that the member is permanently stationed at that post, station or base.
[ 2007, c. 70, §1 (NEW) .]
SECTION HISTORY
2003, c. 414, §A2 (NEW). 2003, c. 414, §D7 (AFF). 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF). 2003, c. 655, §§B405-411 (AMD). 2003, c. 655, §B422 (AFF). 2003, c. 695, §B13 (AMD). 2003, c. 695, §C1 (AFF). 2005, c. 12, §III43 (AMD). 2005, c. 177, §1 (AMD). 2007, c. 70, §1 (AMD). 2007, c. 651, §20 (AMD). 2009, c. 184, §2 (AMD). 2009, c. 213, Pt. OO, §21 (AMD). 2009, c. 340, §§21-23 (AMD). 2011, c. 116, §1 (AMD). 2011, c. 116, §2 (AFF). 2015, c. 281, Pt. B, §1 (AMD). 2017, c. 97, §3 (AMD).