Maine Driver’s Permits
In Maine, the state initiated a graduated driver’s license (GDL) program that is meant for teenage drivers who are below 18 years old. The program is meant to help reduce accidents among teenage drivers by preparing them to become more responsible drivers. The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) is responsible for issuing driver’s permits in Maine. Applying for a learners permit is the first step to getting your Maine driver’s license.
Maine Learner’s Permit
You have to be at least 15 years to be eligible for a Maine driver’s permit. In addition, you must complete a Driver’s Ed course (only if you are below 18 years old) and you must pass vision screening and a written knowledge test.
To apply for your learner’s permit, visit any ME DMV office with the following documents:
- A completed Non-Commercial Class C Application (Form MVE-64).
- Proof of your Maine residency
- Your birth certificate
- Payment of $10
After getting your learner’s permit, you can only drive while under supervision by a driver who is at least 20 years old and has had a valid driver license for two years or longer. Besides, you are not allowed to use a mobile phone while holding a learners permit. Furthermore, you are not allowed to drive between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m.
Maine Provisional License
You can apply for your intermediate driver’s license once you turn 16 years old and have had your learner’s permit for more than six months. Make sure you have completed 70 hours of behind-the-wheel driving practice, including 10 hours at night before scheduling your driving test.
After successfully completing you DMV road test, visit any ME BMV with the following documents:
- Your learner’s permit.
- A completed Non-Commercial Class C Application (Form MVE-64), signed by your parents.
- Proof of legal presence in the U.S (e.g. birth certificate, U.S passport)
- Proof of residency (e.g. utility bill, paycheck, rental agreement)
- Your Social Security number (SSN).
- Payment for the $30 fee.
To graduate to an unrestricted driver license, you must hold you intermediate license for at least nine months, during this time you should not be involved in any violations especially of the restrictions.