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Suspended License Information for Maine

While some motorists regard driving as a basic right, the fact is that operating a motor vehicle is a privilege that must be earned and maintained by demonstrating safe and lawful driving. Under certain circumstances, an individual's Maine driver's license may be suspended or revoked for a specific length of time, depending on the person's driving record or history, and the particular violation(s).

REASONS FOR DRIVER'S LICENSE SUSPENSIONS

There are a variety of reasons why your Maine driver's license might be suspended. Some of these are related to specific driving violations, while others may be due to violation of other State laws. Following are some of the most common reasons for a Maine driver's license to be suspended or revoked.

  • Excessive Moving Violations. The state of Maine operates on a point system, in which drivers accumulate points on their license for every moving violation they commit. If you accumulate 12 or more points on your current driver record, your license will be suspended.
  • Driving Under the Influence. Your Maine driver's license will be suspended if you are found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The length of the suspension depends on the severity of the violation and whether it is a first or repeat offense. If your blood alcohol content is more than 0.08% then your license will be suspended for one year. If you refuse to take the test, your license will be suspended for at least 18 months. If your co passenger is under 21 years of age, an additional 180 days will be added to your suspension period. For a first time offense, your license will be suspended for 90 days, for a second, 18 months. A third four years and a fourth offense will see your license being taken away for six years. You may have to serve time in jail in addition to this and pay fines. If you refuse to take the test, your license will be automatically suspended for six years without a hearing.
  • Driving with a Suspended License or no License. Driving with a suspended license will lead to an increase in the length of the suspension, and you may also be imprisoned for up to five years. The duration of the additional suspension varies depending on the reason for the underlying suspension. Your driver's license may also be suspended if you do not have your license with you while you are driving. Your license will be suspended for 60 days for this offense.
  • Driving without Insurance. All motor vehicles driven in Maine must be properly insured. Failure to provide proof of valid auto insurance can result in your license being suspended.
  • Other Driving-Related Violations. Your Maine driver's license may also be suspended if you engage in reckless driving, are found to be at fault in a fatal accident, or if you abandon your vehicle on a public highway.
  • Physical or Psychological Disqualification. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles can order a re-examination of any person who may not be fit to drive. An individual's driving privileges may be suspended if the re-examination finds they are physically or psychologically unable to drive safely.
  • Non-Driving Reasons for License Suspension. A variety of non-driving violations or issues can result in your license being suspended. These include: not responding to a Bureau of Motor Vehicles notice or not appearing in court; failing to pay traffic tickets, fines or surcharges; and not paying child support.
  • Evading a Police Officer. If you are found guilty of this your license will be suspended for 90 days.
  • 30 day suspension period. The following traffic violations will result in your license being suspended for a month: not stopping for a police officer, fleeing from the scene of an accident and not giving aid, driving along without a learner's permit, passing a school bus that has stopped, going more than 30mph over the speed limit, lending your license, making changes to your license or registration certificate, illegal use of your license, giving untrue/incorrect information to a police officer, giving incorrect information while applying for your license.
  • License Revocation. Your license will be automatically revoked if while using a motor vehicle, you are committing crimes that include an offensive attack, aggravated attack, criminal or reckless behavior. Revocations can last for one to three years.

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR MAINE DRIVER'S LICENSE IS SUSPENDED

Having your Maine driver's license suspended is a serious matter, and it is essential to adhere to State law in the event that your license is suspended. If you believe your license may be suspended due to one of the reasons listed above it is advisable to speak with a traffic ticket lawyer or a DUI-DWI lawyer. The most important things to be aware of following a license suspension are:
  1. If your license has not already been taken away from you in court, you must surrender it to the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles. You can surrender your license in person at a BMV office , or mail it to:
    Bureau of Motor Vehicles
    Driver License Services Division
    29 State House Station
    Augusta, Maine 04333-0029    
  2. While your license is suspended, you are not permitted to drive. If you are found driving with a suspended license, you may be imprisoned for up to five years, and/or the length of your suspension may be increased.
  3. After your suspension is over, you will receive a written notice of restoration, with instructions on how to restore your license. Do not drive until you have completed the necessary steps and received a valid, replacement license from the Maine BMV.
  4. You may apply for a hardship license if you are able to establish:
    • You are unable to get to work or school
    • You held a valid driver's license for two years before your suspension
    • Your suspension was not ordered by a court
If your license was suspended because you defaulted on child support payments, you will need to contact the Maine Department of Health and Human Services for a hardship license.

APPEALING A SUSPENSION

If you receive a notice of suspension from the BMV and you wish to challenge the suspension, you may request a hearing in court. An administrative law judge or the BMV representative will hear your case, and determine whether your driver's license should be suspended or not. In addition, drivers whose license may be suspended due to accumulating excessive points may be eligible to enroll in a Driver Improvement Program. Completing a Driver Improvement Program removes three points from the current driving record, and in some cases can enable an individual to avoid having his license suspended. It is also a good idea to seek the advice of a traffic ticket lawyer or a DUI-DWI lawyer, based on the reason for the suspension.

RESTORING YOUR LICENSE

You will receive a notice from the BMV after you have completed your suspension period. The notice will include complete instructions regarding how to get your license back. Generally, you will need to:
  1. Pay a restoration fee of $30. The fee can be paid in person at a BMV office. You can also mail a check or money order payable to:
    Bureau of Motor Vehicles
    Driver License Services Division
    29 State House Station
    Augusta, Maine 04333-0029    
  2. Apply for a standard license renewal to obtain a new license.
Note that after your license is restored, you may be subject to a probation period during which any new violations may result in an additional suspension of your Maine driver's license.

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