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    Maine Driver’s Permits

    A Maine learner’s permit is part of the state’s graduated driver’s license (GDL) program, designed for teen drivers younger than 18 years old.

    The GDL program helps reduce accidents and fatalities by preparing you to become a safe and responsible driver.

    The first step to getting your Maine driver’s license is applying for your learner’s permit through the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).

    New to Maine?

    You have 30 days to exchange your out-of-state learner’s permit with a Maine learner's permit or license once you move to Maine.

    GDL eligibility requirements vary by state, so it’s best to contact the BMV to determine whether you should apply for a Maine learner’s permit or driver’s license.

    Driver’s Ed is required if you’re under 18 years old, so you should also check to see if your out-of-state Driver’s Ed course is accepted in Maine.

    To apply for a ME driver’s license, follow the instructions on our Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) in Maine page.

    To apply for a Maine learner’s permit, follow the steps outlined below. You may need to surrender your out-of-state driver’s license or learner's permit.

    Maine Learner’s Permit Requirements

    To be eligible for a Maine driver’s permit, you must:

    • Be at least 15 years old.
    • Complete a Driver’s Ed course, if you are under 18 years old.
    • Pass a written knowledge test and vision screening.
      • If you take Driver’s Ed, the written test and vision screening will be administered as part of your class.
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    Apply for a Maine Learner's Permit

    You can apply for your learner’s permit:

    • By mail, if you have completed driver’s education.
    • In person.
      • If you did not take driver’s education (18 years old or older) you MUST apply in person.

    By Mail

    Many Driver’s Ed providers will submit your paperwork to the ME BMV for you. If they do not, you’ll need to mail it to the BMV yourself (read the following instructions).

    You will need:

    • A completed Non-Commercial Class C Application (Form MVE-64).
      • The form must be signed by your parent or guardian.
    • A check or money order for the $10 fee payable to “Secretary of State.”
    • Your birth certificate.
      • You must send the original or a copy with a raised seal or stamp. (It will be returned to you.)
    • Your Driver’s Ed certificate of completion.

    Mail the documents to:

    Bureau of Motor Vehicles
    Driver License Services Division
    Examination Section
    29 State House Station
    Augusta, ME 04333

    Your learner’s permit will be mailed to you.

    In Person

    To apply for your Maine learner’s permit in person, visit your local ME DMV office with:

    • A completed Non-Commercial Class C Application (Form MVE-64).
    • Proof of your:
      • Maine residency.
      • Legal presence in the U.S.
    • Your birth certificate (original or a copy with a raised seal or stamp), if you are 22 years old or younger.
    • A check or money order for $10 payable to “Secretary of State.”

    Before your permit can be issued, you must pass a written knowledge test and vision exam, if you haven’t already done so as part of a Driver’s Ed course.

    Taking the Written Permit Test

    The written exam tests your knowledge of:

    • Driving skills and practices.
    • Maine traffic laws and regulations.

    NOTE: Drinking and driving laws are especially stressed on the written permit test.

    To prepare for the written test, you can study the Maine Motorist Handbook and Study Guide.

    Learner's Permit Driving Restrictions in Maine

    Once you have a learner’s permit, you can drive ONLY while supervised by a driver who:

    • Is at least 20 years old.
    • Has been licensed to drive for 2 years or longer.

    In addition, you CANNOT use a mobile phone while driving with a learner’s permit, no matter how old you are.

    Behind-the-Wheel Driving Requirements

    If you are under 21 years old, you’ll have to log driving practice hours before you can apply for your intermediate driver’s license.

    You’ll need to drive for at least 70 hours, including 10 hours at night.

    The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program guide has information about the skills you should learn and master, and also includes a log to keep track of your hours.

    Next Step: Apply for Your Driver’s License

    You will be eligible to apply for a Maine driver’s license when you:

    • Are at least 16 years old.
    • Have held your learner’s permit for at least 6 months (if you are under 21 years old).
    • Have completed no less than 70 hours of behind-the-wheel practice. (See “Behind-the-Wheel Driving Requirements” above.)

    If you are under 18 years old, you will be issued an intermediate driver’s license and you must follow certain driving restrictions.

    For more information about applying for a Maine driver’s license and what driving restrictions you will have, see our Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) in Maine page.

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