Behind the Wheel in Maine
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Driver's Training in Maine
If you're a teenager applying for your first driver's license through the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), you must complete supervised behind-the-wheel driving practice. This is a requirement of the Maine graduated driver licensing (GDL) program.
Supervised driving during the learner's permit phase of the Maine DMV GDL program will help you gain the skills and experience necessary to pass the driving test. Additionally, it will better prepare you to take on the responsibilities and challenges of a new, young driver.
On this page you'll find information about your supervised driver's training requirements and the next steps towards your unrestricted ME driver's license.
ME Behind-the-Wheel Requirements
If you are younger than 18 years old, you are subject to the Maine BMV GDL program, which includes a supervised driving requirement.
You must complete at least 70 hours of supervised behind-the-wheel practice while you hold your learner's permit.
You can begin your Maine behind-the-wheel training when you:
- Are at least 15 years old.
- Have completed Driver's Ed.
- Have obtained your learner's permit.
For more information about applying for your learner's permit and completing driver's education, please see our pages on those topics:
NOTE: Your driver's education course may also include a behind-the-wheel driver's training component with a licensed driving instructor. This will provide you with the added benefit of receiving in-car training with a professional driving instructor. Contact your Maine Driver's Ed provider for more information.
Supervised Driving Practice in Maine
Your learner's permit allows you to drive while supervised by a licensed adult who is at least 20 years old and has held his or her driver's license for at least 2 years.
Before advancing from your learner's permit, you must complete at least 70 hours of behind-the-wheel practice, including at least 10 hours completed at night.
You can keep track of your supervised driving hours with the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles Driving Log(Form MVE-21), which you'll need to submit with your parent/legal guardian's signature before you can take your DMV road test.
The time you spend practicing your supervised driving will help you build the skills you'll need to ace your road test. New drivers who take their behind-the-wheel practice seriously will generally do better on the Maine DMV driving test.
After Driver's Training – What's Next?
You will be eligible to schedule your road test and get your intermediate driver's license once you:
- Have held your learner's permit for at least 6 months.
- Complete your supervised behind-the-wheel practice and submit your driving log.
- Pass your driving test.
To schedule your road test, you'll need to mail a copy of your completed and signed Bureau of Motor Vehicles Driving Log(Form MVE-21) to:
Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles
29 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
For more information about the next steps towards obtaining your unrestricted driver's license, please visit our Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) in Maine page.
Driving Log - MVE-21
If you're a teen driver, log your required amount of practice driving hours and submit this form to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles when applying for a ME driver's license.