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    1) Choose Your License

    Whether you're an adult who has never learned to drive, a teenager ready to get behind the wheel for the first time, or you just moved to The Volunteer State, you must obtain a driver’s license to legally operate a motor vehicle on Maine roads. The state offers the following types of licenses:

    • Class C (regular driver's license)
    • Class A and B (commercial)

    Teens can read our page on applying for your driver's license for teens.

    2) Take a Driver's Education Course

    While adults aren't required to take a driver's education class, doing so just makes good sense. These classes offer valuable information about driving laws and driver skills that could save your life―or the life of others.

    3) Prepare for the Test

    Studying the driver manual is the best way to get ready for the written test you'll need to pass to obtain your license. Taking a few of our practice tests is also a smart move.

    4) Locate a Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) Office

    You'll need to go to a BMV office at the time assigned by the agency to take your written and vision test.

    5) Make Test-Day Preparations

    Be sure to have with you:

    6) Take the Written Test

    After thoroughly studying the Maine Motorist Handbook and Study Guide, completing the driver's ed course, and showing up at your appointed time, the next step is to take your written test.

    7) Get a Car

    You must provide a car that's safe to operate in order to take the road exam. If you need to find such a car and are considering buying a used car it's smart to obtain a vehicle history report prior to purchasing the vehicle.

    8) Get Car Insurance

    All drivers in Maine must be covered by motor vehicle liability insurance. If you're looking for an insurance carrier, check out our Insurance Center for the best rates.

    9) Take the Driving Test

    Those with a valid, out-of-state driving license can skip both the written and road tests, and instead just take the vision test.

    Everyone else, though, needs to take the road test to gain their Maine driver license. Be sure to show up at the BMV branch at your appointed time.

    If You Pass

    If you pass the test, you'll receive your license at the BMV branch. Photo licenses valid for 6 years cost $30; licenses valid for 4 years (issued to those ages 65 years old and over) cost $21.

    If You Fail

    You'll be given instructions on how and when to take the test again after you've failed the test.



    If you're a currently licensed driver from another country and are visiting Maine, you may drive for a limited time. You should also have an International Driver Permit, issued by your home country. The permit basically translates your foreign-issued license to make it understandable to U.S. officials.

    Be sure to carry your license and permit with you whenever you're driving.


    If you become a resident of the state, you'll need to obtain a Maine driver's license within 30 days of your residency in order to retain your driving privileges. For information on how to apply for a license in your specific situation, contact a motor vehicle branch office or call (207) 624-9000.