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    Renew Your Maine Driver’s License

    When your Maine driver’s license is set to expire, you’ll need to submit a renewal application to the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). You can renew either online or in person.

    For information about other types of driver’s licenses, visit our following pages:

    Check Your ME Driver’s License Status

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    When to Renew Your ME Driver’s License

    Approximately 45 days before your ME driver’s license expires, you’ll receive a renewal notice from the Maine BMV.

    You must renew either every 4 years (if you're over 65 years old) or 6 years (if you're 65 years old or younger).

    If you’re unsure of your license status, you can always obtain a copy of your driving record.

    Expired Driver’s License

    It’s against the law to drive with an expired driver’s license.

    If you need to renew an expired license, the ME BMV may require you to re-take the written test again. If it hasn't been long since it expired, you MAY be exempt from re-taking the test. Contact your local BMV office to verify.

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    Renew Your Maine Driver's License

    You can renew your ME driver’s license online or in person at your local Maine BMV office. You can also register to vote and register as an organ donor at the same time.

    NOTE: If you're an active member of the military and have a K endorsement, you may need to pass an eye exam if you’re over 40 years old. However, there will not be any fees for your renewal (except if you renew online). View our Drivers in the Military page for more information.

    Online

    If you have a digital, non-commercial Class C driver's license, you may be eligible to renew your driver’s license using the Rapid Renewal website.

    NOTE: You cannot renew your driver’s license online if you changed your name since your last renewal. For more information on how to make a name change, read our page about Changing Your Name.

    You must meet all of the following requirements to renew your Maine driver’s license online:

    • You’ve already shown proof of legal presence to the Maine BMV.
    • You do NOT need to make any changes to your driver’s license (e.g. your name, address, weight, hair color).
    • You hold a valid, non-commercial, and digital driver’s license―the pink-highlighted license with a digital photo.
    • You have no other driver’s licenses from any other jurisdictions.
    • You are over 22 years old and are NOT required to have a new photo taken.
    • You do NOT have a physical address printed on the back of your license.
    • You do NOT have any medical conditions.
    • You are NOT required to take a vision test. Vision screenings are required at every 2nd renewal at 40 years old and older.

    If eligible, visit the BMV Online Rapid Renewal System and be prepared to provide the following:

    • Your Social Security number (SSN).
    • A VISA or MasterCard number to pay the renewal fee.
      • See “Fees to Renew Your ME Driver’s License” below.
    • A printer to print your renewal confirmation.

    You should receive your new Maine driver’s license in the mail within 3 weeks.

    NOTE: If you receive any errors messages during the process, you’ll need to visit your local BMV branch office in person to complete your renewal.

    In Person

    To renew your driver's license in person, you'll need to visit your nearest Maine DMV office and:

    • Show proof of your:
    • Provide your Social Security number (SSN), if it’s not on file.
      • Or, if you do not qualify for a SSN, provide proof confirming why.
    • Pass a vision test, if applicable.
    • Pay the required driver’s license renewal fee.
      • See “Fees to Renew Your ME Driver’s License” below.

    The Maine BMV will issue you a temporary driver’s license that is valid for 60 days. You should receive your actual driver’s license within 3 weeks (sometimes requests can be fulfilled in 2 weeks).

    Fees to Renew Your ME Driver’s License

    Class C driver’s license renewal fees in Maine are as follows:

    • $30 for 6 years, if you’re younger than 65 years old.
    • $21 for 4 years, if you’re 65 years old or older.

    Accepted Payment Methods

    The Maine DMV accepts the following payment methods:

    • Cash.
    • Check.
    • Money order.
    • VISA or MasterCard.

    NOTE: For online renewals, payment must be made by VISA or MasterCard credit/debit card.

    Be sure to contact your local Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles office for specific details on how to pay your renewal fees.