BMV Driver Handbook in Maine
In Maine, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) offers online driving manuals to help you learn how to become a safe driver, including the ME driver's manual, commercial driver's license manual, and motorcycle operator manual. To learn about Maine traffic and vehicle laws, you can view the Vehicle Code online.
Maine driver's manuals explain the state's traffic laws as well as safe driving practices and driver's license procedures.
Both new drivers and new residents can benefit from reading the driver's handbooks offered by the Maine BMV.
Continue reading this page to find links to the driving manuals and DMV handbooks you'll need to pass your written and driving exams.
The ME Motorist Handbook and Study Guide (REV 2013) provides information about driving legally and safely in Maine. The driving manual is also offered in Spanish and in audio format.
You can expect to find plenty of information about Maine traffic laws and driver safety in the DMV handbook, including subjects like:
- Rules of the road.
- Signs, signals, and road markings.
- Communicating with other drivers.
- Sharing the road with pedestrians and bicyclists.
- Driver fatigue.
- Handling emergency situations.
- Car maintenance.
The driver's manual also covers ME BMV procedures, such as:
- Maine driver's licensing process.
- Vehicle titling and registration.
You'll be tested on the information in the driver's handbook when you take the written test for your ME drivers license. To prepare for the test, you should read and study the driving manual carefully.
In addition to studying the driver's handbook, we suggest supplementing your study process with an online practice test offered from our approved partner. Through interactive questions with multiple-choice answers, practice tests help you learn the driver's manual material and determine if you're ready for the Maine BMV test.
Before you get a ME motorcycle license, you'll need to study the Maine Motorcycle Operator Manual (REV 2011). The motorcycle driver's handbook focuses on the traffic laws and safety specific to operating motorcycles and trikes.
You'll find plenty of information in the driving manual about operating a motorcycle in Maine, including:
- Hand signals.
- Basic vehicle control.
- Pre-ride checklist.
- How to avoid traffic collisions.
- Carrying passengers and cargo.
- Handling dangerous surfaces.
The motorcycle driver's handbook is also a good resource for ME BMV licensing information. It explains procedures like:
- How to obtain your motorcycle license in Maine.
- Taking the ME motorcycle skills test.
It's important to study the Maine motorcycle driver's manual because you'll be tested on the information it provides. It offers a series of practice test questions to help you learn the material in the DMV handbook.
Also consider taking an online Maine motorcycle practice test for further study. Practice tests offer more questions to provide a thorough review of the information in the motorcycle driver's handbook.
NOTE: If you're new to Maine or getting your first driver's license, you'll find additional helpful information in the Maine driving manual.
If you're going to apply for commercial driver's license (CDL) in Maine, you'll need the ME Commercial Driver's License Guide (REV 2015), the DMV handbook designed specifically for commercial drivers.
What's in the ME Commercial Driver's Handbook?
The commercial driving manual covers the laws and procedures required for drivers of commercial vehicles. Topics covered in the Maine CDL manual include:
- Transporting passengers safely.
- Air brakes.
- Towing trailers.
- Driving tank trucks.
- Special hazmat rules.
- School bus information.
The DMV handbook for CDLs also explains the commercial driver's licensing (CDL) process.
Using the Commercial Driving Manual
The written CDL test is based on the material in the DMV manual for commercial drivers.
Included in the commercial driver's handbook are practice questions that you could see on your CDL written exam.
For more study questions, take an online CDL practice test. With more questions, you get a more complete review of the material in the Maine commercial driver's manual.
Browse the Maine Vehicle Code for the laws in Maine related to traffic tickets, vehicle registration, titling, driver's licenses, and more. The Vehicle Code offers more detailed information than a Maine driving manual but covers the same type of information that you'll find in driver's manuals.