Has your car's registration expired during the COVID-19 pandemic?  You're not alone, and the deadline is approaching.

We have a vehicle with a registration that is expiring this month, and were wondering what the procedure would be, as all Bureau of Motor Vehicle offices and most City Halls are currently closed to the public.

When a state of emergency was declared here in Maine back in April, one of the things that went by the wayside was the need to get that expired car registration taken care of.  Well, the days of leniency are quickly coming to an end, and you don't want to be tasered in the street because the registration for your 1983 AMC Gremlin expired a month or so ago.

If your vehicle needs to be registered, you must have it registered 30 days from the expiration of the Governor's emergency declaration which is due to expire on June 11th.  So, as it stands right now, that would be July 11th, 2020.

At this moment in Bangor and most area municipalities, one would have to use the State's Rapid Renewal, an online service.  Here you can figure out how much excise tax you owe, pay it and register any vehicle.

Now for instance In Ellsworth, you can also use Rapid Renewal, or, make an appointment to do it in person at City Hall.  They making in-person appointments for both Tuesday and Fridays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. when you can not only register a vehicle, but pay property tax and other bills owed to the City.  Call 207-669-6620.

Now good luck finding leaded gas for that Gremlin.

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