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    Applying for a Teen License in Maine

    In Maine, you must apply for your first driver’s license with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). As a teen driver, you are required to complete all steps of the graduated driver licensing (GDL) system, which has been put in place to ensure you are properly prepared to be behind the wheel.

    New to Maine?

    If you have recently moved to Maine and currently hold an out-of-state driver’s license, you must transfer it within 30 days of becoming a resident. You must be at least 16 years old, and you may be required to show proof that you completed an approved driver’s education course.

    To obtain your Maine driver’s license, visit your local Maine BMV office and:

    • Submit a completed Non-Commercial Class C Application (Form MVE-64).
      • Your parent or legal guardian must sign your application.
    • Show proof of your legal U.S. presence, such as your:
      • Birth certificate.
      • Passport.
      • Temporary resident card.
    • Show proof of your Maine residency, such as your:
      • Utility bill.
      • Paycheck.
      • Rental agreement.
    • Pass a vision exam.
    • Surrender your out-of-state driver’s license.
    • Pay the fees:
      • $10 application fee.
      • $30 driver’s license fee.
      • $10 written examination fee, if applicable.

    ME Graduated Licensing Program

    If you are under 18 years old, the Maine BMV requires that you complete the graduated licensing program in order to obtain your first ME driver’s license.

    This program is designed to ensure you gain appropriate driving experience before driving while unsupervised on public roads.

    The program consists of 3 stages:

    1. Learner’s permit.
    2. Intermediate driver’s license.
    3. Unrestricted driver’s license.

    Eligibility Age Requirements

    • 15 years old: Eligible for learner’s permit.
    • 16 years old: Eligible for intermediate driver’s license (if Driver’s Ed has been completed).
      • NOTE: If you do not complete Driver’s Ed, you must wait until you are 18 years old and apply for a juvenile provisional license.

    You can apply for your unrestricted ME driver’s license once you have:

    • Held your intermediate license for 270 days without violating any restrictions.
      OR
    • Held your juvenile provisional license for 2 years without receiving any moving violation convictions.

    Maine Learner’s Permit

    To apply for a ME instruction permit, you must be at least 15 years old and have successfully completed a BMV-approved Driver’s Ed course. You must visit your local Maine BMV office location and pass the:

    • Written test.
      AND
    • Vision exam.

    After completing the driver’s education course, your course provider will usually submit all of the necessary paperwork for you to the Maine BMV. All you need to do is wait for your Maine instruction permit to arrive in the mail.

    If your Driver’s Ed teacher does not do this for you, you will need:

    • A completed Non-Commercial Class C Application (Form MVE-64).
    • Your Driver’s Ed certificate of completion.
    • Your birth certificate. Photocopies will only be accepted if they have an embossed seal or stamp from the issuing agency.
      • This will be returned to you.
    • A check or money order payable to the “Secretary of State” for the $10 fee.

    Take the above documents to your local ME BMV office, or send them to:

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

    Learner’s Permit Driving Restrictions

    Your Maine learner’s permit allows you to drive only while there is a licensed driver with you. They must:

    • Be at least 20 years old.
    • Have held their driver’s license for 2 years or longer.

    Behind-the-Wheel Training

    Before moving on to your intermediate driver’s license, you must log 70 hours of driving practice, including 10 hours at night.

    Once you’ve turned 16 years old and have held your instruction permit for 6 months, you can take your Maine DMV driving test and be on your way to an provisional license.

    Maine Provisional License

    Once you turn 16 years old and have held your Maine learner’s permit for at least 6 months, you can apply for your intermediate driver’s license.

    Before scheduling your driving test, make sure you have completed 70 hours of behind-the-wheel driving practice, including 10 hours at night.

    To schedule your driving test, contact the Maine BMV at (207) 624-9175. You will need to provide proof of your identity when you take your road test.

    Once you’ve successfully passed your DMV road test, bring the following to the ME BMV:

    • Your learner's permit.
    • A completed Non-Commercial Class C Application (Form MVE-64).
      • Your parent or legal guardian must sign your application.
    • Proof of your legal presence in the U.S., such as:
      • Your U.S. birth certificate.
      • A valid U.S. passport.
      • Your temporary resident card.
    • Proof of residency, such as a:
      • Utility bill.
      • Paycheck.
      • Rental agreement.
    • Your Social Security number (SSN).
    • Payment for the $30 fee.

    Intermediate Driver License Restrictions

    While driving with your Maine provisional license, you CANNOT:

    • Drive between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m.
    • Use a cell phone at any time while driving.
    • Drive with passengers other than your immediate family members, UNLESS you have someone with you who:
      • Is at least 20 years old.
      • Has held a valid driver’s license for 2 years or more.
        • NOTE: This passenger must be seated in the front passenger seat.

    To move on to the next stage of the graduated licensing process and obtain your unrestricted Maine driver’s license, you must hold your intermediate license for 270 days.

    During this time, you must not violate any of the restrictions listed above. If you do, you must wait an additional 270 days from the date of your violation. Your provisional license will also be suspended.

    Full Unrestricted ME Driver License

    Once you’ve held your intermediate Maine driver’s license for 270 days without violating any restrictions, you can apply for your full unrestricted new driver’s license.

    Visit your local Maine BMV office and:

    • Submit a completed Non-Commercial Class C Application (Form MVE-64).
    • Provide proof of your legal U.S. presence, which could include:
      • Your birth certificate.
      • Your U.S. passport.
      • A temporary resident card.
    • Submit proof of your ME residency, such as:
      • A utility bill.
      • A bank statement.
      • A recent pay stub.
    • Provide your Social Security number (SSN).
    • Pay the $30 fee.

    Our new license checklist allows you to follow and track the major steps towards your first Maine driver's license.

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