Maine Learner’s Permit: A New Driver Guide

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The state of Maine uses a graduated licensing program. This program helps new drivers understand the rules of the road through testing and behind-the-wheel practice.

Maine’s licensing program includes three stages:

  • Learner’s permit
  • Provisional license
  • Unrestricted license

In this article, you’ll learn how to apply for a learner’s permit in Maine.

Get a Learner’s Permit in Maine: Step-by-Step

A learner’s permit becomes available after a new driver (teen) completes a driver’s education program. This will include a written and vision test they will need to complete before applying. Teens also need to be at least 15 years old to apply.

To apply for a learner’s permit, teens will submit their application at a Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) or through the mail.

Applying in Person

To get your learner’s permit:

  1. Locate a BMV office using our office locator
  2. Submit a Non-Commercial Class C (MVE-64) application
  3. Provide proof of ID and residency
    1. If under 22 years old: Bring your birth certificate
  4. Pay the $35 application fee

You will take a written and vision test at the DMV if you haven’t finished completing your driver’s education course.

Applying by Mail

To get your learner’s permit:

  1. Complete a Non-Commercial Class C (MVE-64) application
  2. Include an original or copy of your birth certificate (sealed/stamped)
  3. Include a check ($35 to “Secretary of State”)
  4. Include your driver’s ed certificate

Mail these documents to:

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

Learner’s Permit Restrictions

The permit includes a couple of restrictions when driving:

  • Must be accompanied by a licensed driver (20 years old with a license for 2 years)
  • Must obey traffic rules like seat belt usage and not using a cell phone
  • Must have auto insurance on the vehicle you’re operating

Behind-the-Wheel Experience

Before you can upgrade your learner’s permit to a provisional — you’ll need to get behind-the-wheel experience. This includes 70 hours of total practice with 10 hours of it being done at night. A licensed adult (21yo and older) must be with you during the practice.

Upgrading to a Provisional License

When teens/new drivers turn 16, have held their permit for at least 6 months, and completed their behind-the-wheel practice, they can upgrade to a provisional license.

Teens under 18 that don’t complete their driver’s ed and hold off on their learner’s permit can wait until they turn 18 to get a provisional license.

Want to know the steps for upgrading? See our Maine Provisional Licensing Guide.