AUGUSTA — Lawmakers are considering a bill that would help modernize the lien titling program in the state of Maine.
Rep. Michael Perkins, R-Oakland, sponsored the measure.
He said he’s heard many complaints from car dealers about the long wait to be able to move vehicles sitting on their lots because of delays in the lien titling process.
Secretary of State Shenna Bellows testified in support of the bill, saying they have restructured the Bureau of Motor Vehicles since she took office to help address some of the problems but more needs to be done.
“The titles process itself has not changed significantly over the last 40 years. It’s a paper-based process that in itself creates delays. We need to modernize,” Bellows said.
Bellows said this is the first step in creating a fully electronic system that would cut down on lengthy delays in sharing needed information.
Bellows said with the changes they have already made the wait time has gone from weeks to fewer than seven days.
She said this bill would significantly reduce that and the backlog that now exists.