Traffic Tickets in Maine
Continue reading this page for more information about responding to your traffic ticket in Maine.
NOTE: You must respond to your citation within 35 calendar days of receiving it.
ME Traffic Ticket Fines and Penalties
In Maine, traffic ticket fines depend on the severity of your offense. Your traffic ticket should show the full amount. You can also view a complete list of fees online by viewing the Maine Schedule of Amounts Due.
For specific ticket details, you'll need to contact the Maine Violations Bureau directly.
Driving Record Points
The ME Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) will add points to your driving record after receiving a traffic conviction. If you accumulate 6 points, you will receive a warning letter. Once you have 12 points or more, the Maine BMV will suspend your ME driver's license.
Visit our DMV Point System page for more information.
Dismiss Your Traffic Ticket
If you're eligible to take a driver improvement course, you may be able to have your ticket dismissed or have 3 points deducted from your driving record. The course is called “Maine Driving Dynamics," and takes approximately 5 1/2 hours to complete.
For more information, please read our page about Defensive Driving in Maine.
Pay a Traffic Ticket in Maine
NOTE: Failure to pay your ME traffic ticket within the time allowed will result in a driver’s license suspension and additional fines.
You can pay your Maine traffic ticket:
- By phone.
- By mail.
- In person.
For specific information about how to pay your ticket fines in Maine, visit our Paying Traffic Tickets page.
Fight a ME Traffic Ticket
To plead “not guilty" to your charge, follow the directions on the back of your traffic ticket.
You'll likely need to submit your request for a court hearing by mail. The court should then mail you information about your scheduled hearing date.
NOTE: You may want to consider hiring a ME traffic ticket attorney.
Lost Your Traffic Ticket?
If you've lost your Maine traffic ticket, you'll need to contact the Violations Bureau at (207) 783-5422.
Once you get in touch with the appropriate court, you can ask about your ticket fines and court costs, important deadlines, and payment methods.
Fines & Penalties for Commercial Drivers
As a commercial driver in Maine, you must notify your employer within 30 days of a traffic conviction. You'll even lose your commercial driver license (CDL) for 1 year if the court convicts you of any of the following offenses:
- Leaving the scene of an accident.
- A fatality cause due to the negligent use of a CMV.
- Operating a CMV while under the effects of a controlled substance.
- Operating a commercial vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.04% or higher.
- Refusing a sobriety test.
- Making, distributing and/or dispensing a controlled substance involving a CMV or other felony offenses.
- Operating a CMV when a CDL has been suspended, cancelled or revoked or you have been disqualified from having a CDL.
Visit our CDL Suspensions in Maine page for more details.
Maine Traffic Tickets: FAQs
Go to our Traffic Ticket FAQ page for more information about the following topics: