FAQ

FAQ

I have trash and recycling–when is the dump open?

Sunday: Closed
Monday: 8AM to 4PM
Tuesday: 8AM to 4PM
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 8AM to 4PM
Friday: 8AM to 4PM
Saturday: 8AM to 4PM
Sunday: CLOSED

The bulk waste area closes at 3:45 p.m.

Do I need get a Transfer Station sticker?

No. For normal household waste you may use the receptacle at the Transfer Station with no sticker. Call 677-2116 for more information.

How can I contact the police, fire, or ambulance services in an emergency?

Dial 911.

What are the ZIP codes for the villages of Bristol?

There are five:
Bristol: 04539
Chamberlain: 04541
New Harbor: 04554
Pemaquid: 04558
Round Pond: 04564

What do I need to renew my automobile registration?

You can now renew you motor vehicle or trailer registration online, through Rapid Renewal! Or can renew your registration at the Town Office.

You’ll need to bring the following:
• Current insurance card
• Old registration
• Mileage

I bought a car from a dealer.
What should I have to register it?

You’ll need to bring the following:
• Current insurance card
• Bill of sale
• Blue title application
• If the vehicle is brand new, you must bring the window sticker (a.k.a. Monroney Label)
• Current Mileage
• If transferring plates, please bring the old registration (not required, but helpful)

I bought a car, but not from a dealer.
What should I have to register it?

We call this a casual sale. You’ll need to bring the following:
• Current Maine insurance card
• Bill of sale (including seller’s name, address and VIN)
• Title, signed over correctly (for vehicles 1995 and newer)
• Mileage
• If transferring plates, please bring the old registration

For first-time registrations the person(s) whose name is on the registration must be present.

How does auto excise tax work? Can I calculate how much it will be?

Excise tax is paid when you register a vehicle. The tax amount is based on the MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price) and the vehicle’s age.

To calculate excise tax, multiply the per year amount by each thousand dollar of the MSRP. For example, the first year excise tax for a vehicle with an MSRP of $30,000 would be $720 ($24 x 30). Excise tax for the second year of the vehicle would be $525 ($17.50 x 30).

Excise rates are:

First year =$24.00 per thousand

Second year =$17.50 per thousand

Third year =$13.50 per thousand

Fourth year =$10.00 per thousand

Fifth year =$ 6.50 per thousand

Sixth and following years =$ 4.00 per thousand

I have a boat. What should I have to re-register it?

Your old registration. You can also re-register your boat online! Click here for the link.

I bought a boat. What should I have to register it?

You’ll need:
• Bill of sale (including seller’s name and address)
• Maine boat registration number (if applicable)

Anything else I should know about boats?

• If the boat is used in fresh water, a lake protection sticker is required. ($10.00 for boats registered in Maine, $20.00 for boats registered out of state.)
• Excise and registration fees are based on age, horsepower and length.
• All boat registrations expire on December 31

How do I register a snowmobile or ATV?

If it’s a new registration, you’ll need
• Bill of sale (including seller’s name and address)
• Registration number (if applicable)

Otherwise, you’ll need the old registration.
Snowmobile and ATV registrations expire June 30. You can register your ATV or snowmobile online! Click here for the link.

We’re getting married. How can we get a marriage license?

Congratulations! Marriage licenses are issued at the Town Clerk’s office at Town Hall. Please bring photo identification, and if this isn’t your first marriage, you must bring a certified divorce decree (raised seal) or death certificate.

If either applicant is a Maine resident, you must apply in the town office where one of you resides. If you are both non-residents, you can apply at any town office in Maine. If you are planning to marry in Bristol and would like an intentions packet mailed to you, please call us at 207-563-5270 or click here  to download a copy of the intentions packet and here for the cover letter. Please note that if the intentions are returned by mail, the applicants’ signatures must be notarized.

Applicants must sign the license in the clerk’s presence. The license fee is $40, and for an additional $15, we’ll mail you a certified copy.

Tell me about dog licenses.

Dogs must be licensed at 6 months of age or within 10 days of ownership.

To register a dog, please bring:
• Current rabies certificate issued by a State of Maine licensed veterinarian.
• If the dog is spayed or neutered, a certificate of proof.

Please note:
• Dogs must be re-licensed by January 1 each year. After January 31, there is a state mandated late charge of $25.
• The fee to license your dog is $6.00 if spayed or neutered and $11.00 if not.

You can now register your dog online! Click here for the link.

How does the Town handle property tax collection?

Property taxes are billed once annually and are due September 15 each year. Interest at a rate of 7% annually will begin to accrue on September 16. Prepayment of taxes is accepted at any time.

Please give the Selectmen’s Office any change of address information.

How can I register to vote?

You can register to vote at the Town Clerk’s counter at the Town Office during regular business hours. Photo ID and proof of residency (if not on the photo ID) is required.

How can I get a copy of a vital record?

State law requires you to submit an application to purchase a copy of a vital record.
Vital Record Application When submitting an application by mail, please enclose a self addressed stamped envelope, and a copy of your photo i.d.

If you have any questions, please contact the Clerk’s Office at the Town Hall at 207-563-5270.

We love Bristol’s parks. Can we get season passes?

Season passes are available to Bristol residents and taxpayers. New and replacement photo passes can be made at Town Hall during regular business hours. New and replacement passes are $8.00. Renewals are $5.00. Individuals paying personal property tax can obtain a season pass for $25.00 per person listed on the property. Children 11 and under are free at all times.

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