Maine Revised Statutes

§201. Municipal officials as agents

1. Appointment of agents by Secretary of State; scope of authority.  With the approval of the municipal officers, the Secretary of State may appoint a municipal tax collector, or other persons designated by a municipality, to collect excise taxes on vehicles and to receive applications for licenses, license renewals, registrations and renewals of registrations of motor vehicles, trailers and semitrailers. The Secretary of State may authorize a municipal agent to issue licenses, registrations and renewals of licenses and registrations or may limit the agent's authority to the issuance of renewals only.
[ 1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF) .]
2. Issuance of registrations or renewals.  An agent appointed in accordance with subsection 1 may:
A. Issue renewals of registration for school buses operated by school administrative units or private contractors; [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
B. Issue registration renewals for all motor vehicles and trailers, except for those required to be registered directly through the Bureau of Motor Vehicles as designated by the Secretary of State; and [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
C. If authorized to issue registrations and renewals of registrations, issue:
(1) Registrations for pickup trucks registered for 9,000 pounds or less gross vehicular weight, automobiles, trailers, semitrailers and farm tractors; and
(2) Registrations for trucks of greater gross weight than provided in subparagraph (1), after the agent has satisfactorily participated in special training as prescribed by the Secretary of State. [1997, c. 776, §6 (AMD).]
[ 1997, c. 776, §6 (AMD) .]
3. Service fees.  Municipal agents appointed in accordance with subsection 1 may charge service fees for licenses, registrations and renewals of licenses and registrations as follows.
A. A municipal agent may charge an applicant a fee not to exceed $3 over the required fee for each renewal of license or registration issued and a fee not to exceed $4 over the required fee for each new license or registration issued. [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
B. In a municipality in which agents are authorized to issue licenses, registrations or renewals of licenses or registrations for applicants from another municipality or from an unorganized territory, the agent may charge those applicants $1 in addition to the fees authorized by this subsection for each license, registration or renewal. [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
C. A municipal agent authorized to issue temporary registration permits may charge an applicant a fee not to exceed $1 over the required permit fee. [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
D. A municipal agent authorized to process permits and decals for vehicles with gross vehicle weight in excess of 6,000 may charge a fee not to exceed $1 over the required fee for each permit or decal issued. [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
E. A municipal agent may charge a fee not to exceed $1 over the required fee for the issuance of a duplicate registration. [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
F. A municipal agent may charge any applicant a fee not to exceed $2 over and above the required operator's license fee for each renewal issued. [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
G. A municipal agent may charge an applicant a fee not to exceed $1 over the required fee when an applicant is requesting issuance of a set of plates designated as specialty plates by the Secretary of State to replace previously issued plates. [1995, c. 482, Pt. B, §1 (NEW).]
H. The Secretary of State may authorize municipal agents to charge a fee not to exceed $1 over the required fee for other transactions that the municipal agent carries out on behalf of the Secretary of State and that are not listed in this subsection. [2005, c. 573, §2 (NEW).]
The municipality may retain all service fees authorized in this subsection.
[ 2005, c. 573, §2 (AMD) .]
4. Training.  The Secretary of State shall provide necessary training for municipal agents. A municipal agent may not be appointed for specific duties unless the agent has successfully completed the appropriate training program.
[ 1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF) .]
5. Duration of appointment; revocation of appointment.  Unless revoked, the appointment of an agent continues as long as the agent holds that office or employment. An appointment may be revoked:
A. If the municipal officers that approved the appointment request that it be revoked; or [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
B. For cause by the Secretary of State. [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
[ 1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1993, c. 683, §A2 (NEW). 1993, c. 683, §B5 (AFF). 1995, c. 482, §B1 (AMD). 1997, c. 776, §6 (AMD). 2005, c. 573, §2 (AMD).