Temporary Registration Letter For Private Sales

Due to the national and state declarations of emergency, certain necessary services have been disrupted and may have become unavailable. In light of the vast number of municipalities currently closed along with Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicle Branches and Main office, On March 23, 2020 the Governor authorized the temporary stay of the requirement to register a vehicle after the transfer of ownership or title. This will be in effect for the duration of the emergency. If a person can register normally through their municipality or Bureau of Motor Vehicle Office before the end of the emergency, then they should do so immediately.

In the event a person or company purchasing a motor vehicle or trailer in a “private sale” which does not include a temporary registration plate, and subsequently cannot register that vehicle due to the existing emergency, this document may serve as a temporary registration.

The Secretary of State asks that all law enforcement recognize this document as an official temporary registration which will remain in effect, at most, for the duration of the emergency as declared by the Governor on March 18, 2020.


General Assistance During Town Office Closure

General Assistance is still operating at the Town of Bowdoin. If you are in need, or need to contact the General Assistance department, please use the below contact information, do not visit or call the Town Office:

Contact: Clyde Cavender
Phone: 207-504-0450
email: [email protected]


For a full profile of services available, please visit the General Assistance page by clicking HERE

Town Services Closed Until April 30, 2020

The following services will be closed until April 30, 2020.

  • Administrative Hours
  • Appeals Board Hours
  • Assessor Hours
  • Code Enforcement & Plumbing Inspecting Hours
  • Motor Vehicle and Excise Tax Hours
  • Planning Board Hours
  • Recreation Activities and Hours
  • Recycling Center Hours
  • Selectmen’s Hours
  • Tax Collector & Treasurer Hours
  • Town Clerk

Along with the above list, all Town Meetings will be suspended as well until after April 30, 2020.

UPDATE – Town Office – COVID-19 Update

In response to the CDC and Government recommendations in relation to COVID-19, the Bowdoin Town Office will be closed to patrons through April 30, 2020.

Many office functions are available online for your convenience and needs.

There will be limited office coverage, in the form of answering phone calls, should you have questions or concerns. 

We thank the community for working together, taking care of our neighbors and understanding during this difficult time.

Reliable sources for rapidly changing information regarding COVID-19 include:

UPDATE – Bowdoin Recreation Activities Postponed

In an effort to remain consistent with the limited gathering and social distancing suggestions from the CDC, The Town of Bowdoin has made the decision to postpone all recreation sports and activities until further notice.

Stay healthy and safe!

Thank You,

Bowdoin Board of Selectmen

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

The Town of Bowdoin is monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and will update the website accordingly. While it is important to know that there are currently no known cases of COVID-19 in the State of Maine, you should maintain a level of knowledge and understanding of the risks and protective measures to take.

What are Coronaviruses?

  • Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, but only several types are known to commonly cause infections in people, with these common human coronaviruses usually causing mild to moderate respiratory illness (like the common cold). Newer human coronaviruses, like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), and the COVID-19 can cause more severe symptoms. The COVID-19 is originally thought to have spread from animals to humans, but now person-to-person spread is occurring.

How is it spread?

  • It’s not clear yet how easily COVID-19 spreads from person-to-person. Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through respiratory droplets, including:
    • Through the air by coughing and sneezing;
    • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
    • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands.
  • This is similar to how influenza and other respiratory infections spread. Until we learn more about how easily the COVID-19 spreads between people, healthcare providers may wear special personal protective equipment (e.g. masks and eye protection) when evaluating a patient if there is concern for infection with the COVID-19.

What are the symptoms?

  • We are still learning about how the COVID-19 affects people. Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Symptoms of people with confirmed COVID-19 infections have primarily included:
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Difficulty Breathing
  • If you have traveled to/from China or other countries where outbreaks have been identified and develop symptoms of a fever or respiratory illness within 14 days of your travel, contact your health care provider before going to their office or the emergency department, and tell them about your recent travel and symptoms. You can also contact the ME Division of Public Health Services at (207) 287-8016, if you have questions or concerns.

How can I protect myself and others?

  • There are steps you can take to reduce your risk of getting sick from viral respiratory infections, and help prevent transmitting infections to others, including: 
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
    • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces
    • Stay home from work or school if you have a fever or are not feeling well (Click HERE for details from the US CDC)

Is there a treatment?

  • There are no specific treatments recommended for infection with the COVID-19. People infected with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms, such as taking pain or fever medications, drinking plenty of fluids, and staying home and resting. Some patients who are very sick may need to go to the hospital to get care.
  • People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their health care provider immediately.

Where can I Lean More?

For more information:

Please continue to monitor the Town’s website for new, and updated information.

NOTICE: Due to COVID-19 cautionary measures, until further notice, the Town Office will be closed. Please review our recent notice for more details