When a loved one passes away, notifying the appropriate parties can often be a daunting task. One such entity that requires notification is the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) if the deceased was a resident of Maine and a vehicle owner. This article discusses the importance and the process of this notification.
Who Should Be Notified
The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles should be notified in the event of a death of a vehicle owner. The BMV regulates driver licenses, vehicle registrations, and vehicle titles in the state. Hence, it's essential to notify them to update their records and handle the transfer or sale of the vehicle.
When to Notify
You should notify the Maine BMV as soon as it is feasible after the death of the vehicle owner. This is particularly important if the vehicle is to be sold or transferred to another individual.
How to Notify
To notify the Maine BMV, you will need to visit your local BMV branch office in person. You must bring a certified copy of the death certificate and proof of your relationship to the deceased (such as a will or probate document). If you are looking to transfer the vehicle title, additional paperwork may be needed.
What to Expect After Notification
Once the Maine BMV has been notified, they will update their records to reflect the death of the vehicle owner. If the vehicle is being transferred to another person, the BMV will guide you through the necessary steps to complete the process. This may include paying a transfer fee and providing additional documentation.
Tips for Notification
Before visiting the BMV office, it's beneficial to call ahead or check the Maine BMV website to understand the required documents and any associated fees for your specific situation. Remember to bring all necessary documents to avoid multiple trips.
While dealing with administrative tasks during a time of loss can be challenging, notifying the Maine BMV after the death of a vehicle owner is a necessary step. By understanding the process and preparing the needed documents, this task can be made manageable.
Q: Can I notify the Maine BMV online?
A: Currently, the Maine BMV requires in-person visits to handle matters related to the death of a vehicle owner.
Q: What if the deceased owned multiple vehicles?
A: You'll need to notify the BMV about each vehicle separately, especially if the vehicles will be transferred to different people.
Q: What if the vehicle has a lien?
A: If the vehicle has a lien, the lienholder should also be notified of the death. The process of transferring the vehicle may be different and may require the lienholder's consent.