July 29, 2014  6:52 PM 

Contact(s): Joanne Rankin - Town Clerk/Tax Collector

Maria Marchant - Deputy/Town Clerk/Tax Collector

Telephone: (207) 636-2839 Ext. 415 or 413

Fax : (207) 636-1144 (as of 1/11/13)

Operating Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

Thursday

the first and last Saturday

except holiday weekends

Email: townclerk@shapleigh.net or deputytownclerk@shapleigh.net

The Town Clerk/Tax Collector's office provides the following services:

Collection of Real Estate Taxes

Motor Vehicle Registrations

Issuance of Hunting and Fishing Licenses

Registration of Boats, Snowmobiles and ATV's

Dog Licensing

Vital Statistics Records

Voter Registration and Absentee Voting

Annual Town Meeting and Election

ITEMS OF SPECIAL INTEREST:

2014 Doe Permit Applications are currently being accepted through www.mewildlife.com

Mailed applications will be accepted until 7/25 and online until 8/15.

Collection of Real Estate Taxes

  • The fiscal year for the Town of Shapleigh is January 1st thru December 31st.
  • Tax bills are assessed as of April 1st. The mill rate is $9.50 per thousand @ 100% of valuation.
  • There is one commitment with one installment date for payment.
  • Taxes are due and payable September 27, 2013 with interest beginning September 28, 2013 at a rate of 7%.
  • Prepayment of taxes are accepted. Partial Payments are also accepted.

New Registrations - Purchased from Maine Licensed Dealer

Documents Needed:

  • Bill of Sale

  • Blue Title Application (if model is 1995 or newer)

  • Evidence of Insurance

* If vehicle is brand new, you must provide the manufacturers suggested retail price sticker (window sticker).

New Registrations - Purchased through Private Sale:

Documents Needed:

  • Signed Bill of Sale

  • Title signed over to new owner ( if model is 1995 or newer)

  • Evidence of Insurance

Registration Renewals: May be processed online also by visiting www.sosonline.org

Documents Needed:

  • Previous Registration

  • Evidence of Insurance

  • Current Mileage

Issuance of Hunting and Fishing Licenses

  • To obtain a resident firearms hunting license customer must provide proof of a prior adult firearms hunting license issued since 1976 or proof of successfully completing a hunter safety course.

  • To obtain a resident archery hunting license customer must provide proof of a prior adult archery hunting license issued since 1980 or proof of successfully completing an archery hunter safety course.

  • To obtain a resident adult fishing license customer must provide proof of residency.

  • Fishing licenses are not required of residents under the age of 16.
  • Licenses and permits may be obtained on-line at www.mefishwildlife.com

Registration of Boats, Snowmobiles, and ATV's

New Registrations - Purchased from a Maine Licensed Dealer

Documents Needed:

  •  Bill of Sale

  • Warranty form for new ATV's and snowmobiles

  • Maine registration number if previously registered in Maine

New Registrations - Purchased through Private Sale

Documents Needed:

  • Signed Bill of Sale

  • Maine registration number if previously registered in Maine

Registration Renewals: This may be process online by visiting www.maine.gov/online/sporting

Documents Needed:

  • Previous Registration

Dog Licenses

  • Each owner or keeper of a dog at the age of 6 months or more, on or before January 1st of each year shall obtain a license.

  • Valid State of Maine rabies certificates are needed for each dog license.

  • A dog owner or keeper shall pay a fee of 11.00 for each dog 6 months or older capable of producing young.

  • A dog owner or keeper shall pay a fee of $6.00 for each dog 6 months or older that is incapable of producing young (written certificate from veterinarian required).

  • After January 31st, a late fee of $25.00 per dog in addition to the annual license fee shall be paid.
  • A person having a pack or collection of dogs for the purposes of breeding, hunting, show, training, field trials, and exhibition shall pay a fee of $42.00 for a kennel license. A kennel owner may not keep more than 10 dogs per license. Rabies certificates required for each dog.
  • Dogs may be licensed on line at www.doglicensing.com from October 15 - January 31st The On-line fee is an additional $1.00 (Vender Fee).

For additional information regarding Dog Licensing procedures, please contact the Town Clerk.

Vital Statistics Records

Recording of Vital Statistics Records (births, deaths, marriages, etc.) and issuance of certified copies. Certified copies of birth, death, or marriage license - $15.00 for the first copy and $6.00 for each additional copy for the same at the same time.

  • Marriage Licenses - $40.00 Burial permits - $20.00
  • The Town's older records, dating back to 1728, are available for genealogy purposes on T, W, and F from to

  • Voter Registration and Absentee Voting
  • The Town Clerk is the supervisor of elections. The office of the Town Clerk is an alternative absentee voting place for qualified voters.

If you would like to register to vote in Shapleigh, please come into the Clerk's office and fill out a voter registration card. It is important that you show I.D. that has your Shapleigh residence address on it. You must also be at least 18 years of age. Voter registration can take place anytime during our office hours. You may also register to vote on Election Day itself but you must show an I.D. showing your Shapleigh residence. Proper I.D. could be a Maine-Drivers license, car registration, utility bill or even an envelope that has gone through the mail to you at your Shapleigh address. P.O. Boxes cannot be accepted.

Just before any election can be busy in our office, so we recommend you try to register to vote well before election day. If you move within Shapleigh, please let us know so we can update our voter list.

A qualified voter may enroll in a party by filing an application personally or by mail with the Registrar. A voter who is not enrolled in a party may not vote in a Primary Election or a Caucus. A voter may change his enrollment by filing an application with the Registrar personally or by mail. A change in enrollment may not be done 15 days prior to a caucus or primary.

Qualified Parties In Maine

  • Democrat

  • Green Independent

  • Republican

Elections are held at the Shapleigh Town Hall,

Annual Town Meeting and Election

  • The annual town meeting is held the 2nd Saturday in March at at the Shapleigh Memorial School. A special town meeting may be called by the Board of Selectman.

  • The annual municipal election is held the Friday before the town meeting with polls opening at and closing at

  • Nomination papers for the municipal election are available in the Town Clerk's office 85 days before the election.

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