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New Maine Drivers License

Who needs a license?

Obtaining a drivers’ license in Maine will certainly open new opportunities for recreation, daily living and even employment opportunities you would not be able to acquire without a license. Any new driver in the state regardless of age and new residents to Maine must apply for a new driver’s license with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles in order to exercise this privilege.

Which License is for you?

You will find three main license types that you can obtain in Maine depending on your intended uses for the vehicle you wish to operate. Each type has a specific designated use and permissions to operate a type of motorized vehicle on roads:

  • Class A and B driver’s licenses are for commercial use only. This type of license will give permissions to operate larger Vehicles for the use of transporting materials and passengers in Maine and is required for all drivers wishing to perform these tasks for a living.
  • Class C licenses are issued to the majority of new drivers in Maine and can be used to operate any personal vehicle(s) not used for the Class A or B purposes. If the driver obtains special endorsements this license also gives permissions to operate a motorcycle, bus or school bus.

What are the requirements for getting a license?

The state of Maine has recently begun to increase requirements for license application to assure the safety and security of residents. This includes the documents required to be produced at the time of application in the following categories:

Residency requirements- drivers’ license applications are now required to adequately provide proof of residency in Maine at the time application is presented. Provided documents must contain the applicants full name and legal residence within the state. Appropriate documents may include:

  • A tax return, W-2 form or pay stub.
  • A utility bill or letter from the utility company stating that you have service in Maine at a permanent residence.
  • A contract that the application is a party of or document issued by the government.
  • For residents unable to provide any of the above proofs, two affidavits signed by resident aware of the applicants’ residency may be provided.
  • Minors applying for a first license that are unable to prove residency may submit a signed affidavit from a legal parent or guardian.

In addition to residency proof, all applicants must submit documentation proving proof of legal residency and identity. This may include an original birth certificate, passport issued by the United States or a State ID obtaining in Maine. A complete list of acceptable documentation can be found in the Maine Drivers Handbook. Applicants are also required to present a social security card when they are applying for a new license, as well as during the renewal process.

Additional requirements in order to receive your drivers license for applicants under the age of 21 include a being a minimum age of 16, driving with a learners permit for at least 6 months, completing required practice hours and successfully passing all BMV tests. Minors under 18 must bring a parent or guardian on the day the photo license is issued.

What tests do I need to take to get a license?

  • A road signs test will be given at the time of application consisting of 10 multiple choice questions and applicants must receive a passing score of at least 80% in order to pass. This test will test the applicant’s knowledge of road signs.
  • Knowledge tests are completed for learner’s permits and new licenses and will determine if the applicant fully understands all traffic laws in Maine in order to safely drive on roadways. A passing score of 80% is required.
  • The road test portion of testing must be completed by schedule only. Once the applicant has completed the required driver hours with a permit and at least 6 months time has passed since issuance, the potential driver may mail in the road test request form issued by the Department of motor vehicles. The applicant will be given an appointment for testing at a nearby facility. Drivers must supply the testing vehicle which will be subject to a safety test before the application can begin, as well as asked to show proof of insurance. Drivers under 18 must be accompanied by a licensed driver for testing.
  • A vision screening will be administered at the DMV office to determine if the new driver can safely see while driving. Applicants are allowed to wear corrective lenses or contacts when testing.

Taking a Drivers Education Course

Teen applications applying for a license between the ages of 16 and 18 years old are required to have successfully completed a driver’s education course.

Preparing for the written test

Passing your written tests can be easy if you obtain the right materials in advance and study hard. Proof of identity is required in order to take the written portions of testing. The Maine Drivers Handbook contains all of the information that can potentially be on the signs and knowledge tests, as well as the comprehensive cheat sheets. In order to receive a passing grade of 80% or above on both tests you must answer 8 out of 10 questions correctly leaving little room for error so be sure that you fully understand all the rules of the road, traffic laws and rules for Maine and can identify common traffic signs. It is wise to take as many practice tests in advance as possible to assure that you are on the right track for a passing exam score.

Scheduling an appointment

Written and Vision exams are issued at the BMV office and must be scheduled in advance by calling your local branch office during business hours. The road test portion of testing must be scheduled using the appropriate road test request form issued by the BMV at the time of applying for a learners permit or by visiting your branch office.

What to bring on test day

The type of testing you are taking will make the difference in the required documents your must bring. If you are under 18 years of age, proof of successful completion of drivers education will be required on the day of written and vision testing. In addition, all applications applying for a new license must bring the following when taking the written tests:

  • Proof of residency, identity and legal presence, as well as a valid social security card.
  • (For teen drivers under 18 years of age) proof of successful completion of driver’s education and a valid driver’s permit is required. A valid permit must be shown if applicant is less than 21 years old.
  • The full amount of testing fees and license costs in the form of check, cash or money order.

When completing the road test, drivers must provide proof of successful driver’s education completion, a valid learner’s permit and the appointment notice. Proper vehicle registration and certificate of financial liability is required for the vehicle used in testing that must show the application as a listed driver. In addition a driver holding a valid license must be present and show a valid license.

Costs of driver’s tests

Testing for the Class C license will cost $10 and any additional endorsement testing such as a motorcycle endorsement test will be an additional $10 per exam. Completion of the testing process will result in the purchasing of a photo license which will cost $30, $34 for the five year license or those applying over the age of 65 will pay a $21 fee. Converting an out of state Class C license will cost the applicant a $10 application fee and a $30 photo license fee.

Taking the drivers test

The road test portion of testing is required for all new license applicants under the age of 21 and cannot be completed until all other tests have been passed. Be sure that you can provide a vehicle for testing that will pass the safety inspection or your test will be rescheduled. After completion of the required six month time frame and driver practice time with a learners permit, drivers may schedule an appointment by mail to take the test. Testers must bring a licensed driver to the test as well as other required documentation.

Practicing for your test is essential if an applicant wishes to pass and receive a license. Using all of the driving time with a learners permit will assure the new driver can demonstrate control of the vehicle while learning the road signs and traffic rules shows the examiner they can safely drive on roadways and obey the rules of the road.

Taking the written test

The written test is divided into two parts which consist of the road signs and knowledge tests. Each tests contains a minimum of 10 multiple choice questions and new applicants must pass with a score of 80% or above on both portions to pass. This only allows for two wrong answers per test so it is essential that the applicant studies hard before attempting the test. This can be achieved by studying cheat sheets on and the Maine Drivers Manual which contains all of the material found on the tests. Taking practice tests at will allow the new driver to test their progress and assure they are prepared to receive a passing score.

Renewing your Maine Drivers License

Who needs to renew their license?

Any persons that successfully completed the application and purchased a photographic license in Maine must renew their license every six years by their birth date. Residents over the age of 65 will be required to renew every fourth year by their birth date.

How do I renew my MN driver’s license?

All renewal applicants must provide proof of residency, legal presence, identity and provide a valid social security card when completing the process. If there has been a name or address change since the license was issued, the applicant must provide proof of these changes with approved documentation. Renewals must be completed in person at the BMV office unless you meet the qualifications for online renewal. In-person renewals are required in addition if any of the following applies:

  • You wish to change and information on your license including name, address, and weight or hair color.
  • You are over the age of 40; you must apply in person every other renewal for a vision screening.
  • You have developed a medical condition that requires documentation to be on file with the DMV.

What tests do I need to take to renew?

A vision test is required every other renewal times beginning on the divers 40th birthday. In special circumstances the DMV reserves the right to request retesting of any exams.

What is the cost to renew my license?

The cost of renewal will depend on the year your license expires:

  • Every six years- $30
  • Every Five years-$34
  • Four year license for ages 65 and over-$21

Steps to renew my Maine driver’s license

For online renewals:

  • You may renew online if the applicant is not disqualified from online renewal and does not wish to change any information on your current license.
  • From the online renewal form, complete the prompted information and check out at the end to pay appropriate renewal fees by credit or debit card.

For in person renewals, applicants must supply proof of residency, identity and legal presence along with a social security card to the BVM clerk. If applicable retake the vision exam with a passing score. If you are issued a photo drivers license you will retake your photo and pay the appropriate license fees with a check, cash or money order.

Getting a Maine learners permit

Who needs a learners permit?

Teen residents of Maine may begin the process for their first license on their 15th birthday, and the process begins with the acquiring of a learners permit. All new drivers under the age of 21 must drive with a learners permit for a minimum of 6 months before proceeding to a license.

Requirements to getting a learners permit

Learners permit applicants between the age of 15 and 21 years old:

  • Must show successful completion of a driver’s education course.
  • Show the required proofs of identity, residency and legal presence in the US. In addition they must provide a social security card. A birth certificate is required at the time of the application.

Learners permit applicants between the ages of 18 and 21 are exempt from driver’s education but must provide two forms of identity at the time of application. A birth certificate is still required for all new drivers’ license applicants under the age of 22.

  • All applicants must pass a vision and knowledge test The knowledge test must generate a score of at least 80% to pass. Tests are given by appointment only which can be done by calling a local DMV branch.

Driving with a MN learners permit

All new learners permit applicants under the age of 21 are required to fulfill specific practice driving requirements before continuing with the driver’s license application process. All applicants must drive with a learners permit for a minimum of six months and the permit is good for 18 months from the date of application. While a minimum of 35 hours drive time is required, it is recommended that new drivers practice as long as necessary until they have mastered control of the vehicle. 5 of these hours must be at night to assure they are aware of the differences between night and daytime driving experiences. This is an ideal time to test your knowledge of road signs and traffic laws, practice safe driving and maneuvering the vehicle so that you are fully prepared for the three part license testing process. A licensed driver over the age of 20 that has held a valid license at least two years must accompany the new driver at all times.

Steps to getting a Maine learner permit

Each step in the process must be fully and accurately completed in order to receive a learner’s permit:

  • (for drivers under 18) complete an approved driver’s education program.
  • Schedule knowledge and vision tests in advance and appear at the DMV in person on that date and time.
  • Turn in two required documents, a birth certificate and social security card.
  • Take your vision exam and pass the knowledge test with at least an 80% score.
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