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    If you want to drive a car or small truck in Maine, you only officially need driver training if you're younger than 18 years old. But the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) does require road tests to obtain driver's licenses. So unless you've been driving for years on private property―which can happen in Maine, especially northern Maine―driver training is going to be a good idea for first-time drivers, no matter how old.

    Driver Training Basics

    Maine makes certain provisions for driver training, but mostly leaves it up to drivers themselves to actually seek out driver training and get it done. Here are the rules:

    • Anyone younger than 18 years old has to take a state-approved driver's education course in order to apply for a learner's permit. The permit is required to get a license.

      These driving training course offer classroom instruction and on-the-road training in preparation for the required road test.

    • Maine offers a learner's permit to anyone 15 years old or older who has taken driver's education. The permit is designed to allow student drivers to have on-road training. Anyone who doesn't have a driver's license and wants to get behind the wheel of a car―regardless of age―must have a permit. Permits allow new drivers to drive alongside a licensed driver who can offer instruction and assistance.
    • Before anyone younger than 21 years old can apply to take the road test, Maine also requires them to wait at least 6 months after obtaining the learner's permit. They must also complete 70 hours of driving (10 hours of night driving) while under the guidance of driver who is at least 20 years old and has been licensed to drive for 2 years or longer. This person must certify the driver's training time on a Maine BMV Driving Log (Form MVE-21).

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    Where to Find Driver Training

    You're going to need both classroom and road training. Here are some ideas for how to find both:

    • Still in high school? Find out if your school offers driver education with student driving or if your school has contracted with a private, state-approved driving school.
    • You can find a private driving school by looking on the Web or in the yellow pages.
    • Hit up someone with a license to sit next to you while you practice driving. It doesn't even need to be a parent; you can use a stepparent, older brother or sister, or family friend.

      Remember, this person needs to be at least 20 years old, have been licensed for 2 consecutive years, and have no suspensions or revocations on record during that time.

    Why Take Driver Training?

    • If you're under 18 and you want to drive at all, you have to.
    • Driver training can often reduce the additional insurance cost of adding a new driver to the family's policy.
    • Driver training can remove BMV points from your license.
    • Driver training can improve a new driver's confidence, awareness, and safety.

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