Obtaining a License

To drive legally on the roads and highways of Maine, any driver must have a valid driver’s license. The licensure process is quite easy if you have completed all the necessary steps and met the state requirements.

Application Process

First of all, to obtain your permit, you must pay a visit to the local DMV and apply. Along with the filled-in and signed form, you have to provide the following documents:
  • Proof of Maine residency
  • Citizenship or legal presence proof
  • Two proofs of identity (the first one must specify your birthdate, the second one - a signature)
  • Vision Screening results
In some cases, you have to submit your Social Security Number as well. You will be required to present proper supporting evidence such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree, or other court documentation if you have had a legal name change owing to marriage, divorce, or by court order.

15-17 Years Old Drivers

Generally, if the license is for a person up to 17 yrs old he/she must meet the following criteria:
  • You have to hold your permit for at least 6 months before taking a road test.
  • You must drive for 70 hours, with 10 of those hours taking place at night time.
  • For new permission, you must take an exam, but you will not be obliged to wait before filing for a road test.
You must be accompanied at all times by a supervising driver who is at least 20 yrs old and has maintained valid permission for at least two years.
However, the drivers may not be fully licensed if they are under 21 and it limits the following actions:
  • You have to carry only immediate family members if you aren’t accompanied by a licensed motorist.
  • Driving at night is also prohibited (12 a.m. and 5 a.m.).
  • Using a mobile phone while operating the vehicle can cause even revocation.
You are to hold the intermediate one at least for 270 days to apply for full licensure.
If you are at least 21 years old…
You don’t need to finish a driver’s education course or document driving hours if you are at least 21.
Whenever you receive a permit you don’t have to wait six months to apply for a road test. However, you are not permitted to use a handheld electronic device or a mobile telephone when operating with a permit.
The initial license awarded to a new applicant who is 21 years old or older is a one-year provisional license. A conviction for any moving infraction during the provisional period will result in permit suspension.

The Learner's Permit

The first step toward the driver licensing process begins is a learner's permit. It allows beginners to operate a vehicle under certain age-based restrictions to get prepared for their road test.
The required documents for this stage are:
  • Application
  • Fee: $35
  • Two forms of identification
  • Residency proof
  • Education completion certificate
  • A birth certificate
You are to submit the request in person or mail the documents to:
Bureau of Motor Vehicles, DL Services Division, Examination Section, 29 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0029
Within three weeks you’ll get a mail with the written test day details. You may reschedule it once for 48 hours. But, it’s not the end. You need to complete a vision test as well. Actually, the check-up is available for free on the testing day. Alternatively, you may bring the records from the eye doctor.

What’s next?

Finally, if you've completed all of these stages, you'll be able to apply for full licensure. The learner's permit is usually only good for two years. It is not possible to renew it. You may make a request and complete the above-mentioned testing criteria whenever the due date approaches. You may be able to reduce your ait time if you produce driving hours logged on your initial learner's permit.
The usage of mobile phones is strictly regulated at all times.