Maine Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to take a motorcycle training course?
Yes, all motorcycle license applicants are required to take a motorcycle driver education course. Additionally, motorcycle license applicants under the age of 18 must complete a basic driver education course.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Maine

Am I required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle?
Helmets must be worn by motorcycle riders of the following kind:

  • Riders under the age of 18
  • Learner s permit holders
  • All motorcycle license holders for the first year after licensing
  • All motorcycle passengers

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Maine

Are there times I won’t be allowed to renew registration?
Yes, there are instances when drivers may not be allowed to renew car registration. The ME DMV restricts car registration renewal as a penaltyfor driving without liability car insurance.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Maine

Can I have different addresses on my driver license and my vehicle registration?
No, you cannot have a different address on your drivers license than you have on your car registration. It is the law in Maine that residents must take steps to change address within 30 days of any changes. Therefore, you may not have differing address information on your DMV records.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Maine

Can I keep the car insurance I have from my previous state of residence?
No, you cannot have a car insurance policy from another state while residing in Maine. Once you become a Maine resident, you must register your vehicle with the DMV. To register your vehicle you must provide proof of a car insurance policy that was written in Maine.

For more information: Maine Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Can I renew my commercial drivers license online?
No, a CDL renewal cannot behandled online. Commercial drivers must apply in person at a BMV location.

For more information: Maine Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Can I request a certified driver’s record online?
No, certified driving records are not available for purchase online. Drivers may request a certified driving record by submitting a request via mail. Send full name, date of birth and current address to:

Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Driver License Services Division

29 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333-0029

Telephone: 207-624-900, ext. 52116

For more information: Your Maine Driving Record

Can I take the DMV written test online?
No, the learner s permit exam is not offered online at this time. Applicants must schedule a time to take the test at a ME BMV locations.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Maine

Can I use my state CDL anywhere in the United States?
Yes, the Maine CDL license can be used anywhere in the United States. Conversely, if you hold a CDL license from another state, you can transfer it to Maine. The road test portion of the exam can be waived for CDL applicants with a valid out of state CDL license.

For more information: Maine Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Can somebody else renew my registration for me?
No, vehicle owners must renew car registration for themselves. For your convenience, this process can be carried out online in many cases. Use the BMV Rapid Renewal service to renew your own vehicle registration quickly and easily.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Maine

Do boats need to be registered?
Yes, boats need to be registered in Maine. To register, present the signed bill of sale and title at your local municipal office or at a DMV office location. In addition to the boat registration fee, a sales tax of 5.5 percent is due on the sale of a used vessel.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Maine

Do I need a motorcycle license to ride a scooter or moped?
Yes, a motorcycle license or motorcycle permit is required to ride a moped. However, a drivers license or permit holder of any license class can operate a scooter on Maine roads.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Maine

Do I need to attend traffic school if I get a speeding ticket?
No, drivers are not required to attend traffic school if they get a speeding ticket. Though, the BMV offers a traffic school course called the Maine Driving Dynamics Course for a three point credit towards a driver s record. Participation in the course is optional.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Maine

Do I need to cancel my insurance if I am moving to another state?
When relocating outside the state of Maine, drivers must contact their car insurance company to find out how to switch their policy over to their new sate of residence. Because liability coverage standards vary from state to state, drivers must update their information with their insurance company to adjust their coverage which will in turn change their rates. Also, not all insurance companies operate in all states, so it is possible that drivers may end up having to find a new car insurance provider when relocating.

For more information: Maine Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Do I need to file a police report if my license was lost or stolen?
The Maine DMV does not require drivers to file a police report to replace stolen orlost drivers license. It is at the drivers discretion whether or not they feel that the incident warrants a police report. Though, it is practical to have a record of the incident in case your information is used in case of identity theft.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Maine Driver’s License or ID Card

Do I need to file a police report if my registration was lost or stolen?
No, it is not mandatory for drivers tocontactthe police to report a lost or stolen car registration. Though, it is in the vehicle owner s best interest to have a record of the incident on file just in case the registration is used in illegal activity. The filing of a police report can protect the driver against implication in the unlawful use of their license plates, stickers or car registration certificate.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Maine

Do I need to return my license plate if I move out of the state?
Your Maine license plates will not be valid once you apply for a car registration in your new state of residence, therefore you must cancel them. To deactivate your plates, complete, sign and have notarized a Plate Cancellation Request. The request may either be mailed or taken to a BMV branch location. Drivers however, are not required to relinquish the actual license plates to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Maine

Do I need to take a drivers ed course?
Only applicants under the age of 18 are required to take a drivers ed classes in order to get a learners permit. Learner s permit applicants 18 and older and are exempt from this requirement.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Maine

Do I need to turn in my damaged car title?
Yes, applicantsare required tosend in what remains of a damaged or mutilated car title with the Duplicate Car Title Application. This is common practice by DMVs across the nation to discourage any fraudulent activity related to possessing more than one car title for a single vehicle.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Maine

Do I need to turn in my damaged registration?
No, it is not a requirement that drivers turn overtheir damaged registration. Simply submit a Request for a Duplicate Registration Certificate in order to receive car registration replacement.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Maine

Does a motorized scooter need to be registered?
Motorized scooters do not need to be registered in Maine. Mopeds, however, do require a vehicle registration to operate on public roads.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Maine

Does my vehicle qualify for a smog inspection?
To get car registration in Maine, drivers must have their vehicles inspected for safety and emissions standards. All vehicles must be tested each year to renew car registration.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Maine

How can I avoid a license suspension if I choose not to insure my vehicle?
Trying to find a way to avoid driver s license suspension due to lack of car insurance is probably to the best use of resources. The fear of getting caught driving without car insurance is likely to expend a lot of time. Instead, shop online car insurance providers that will fit your budget and help you meet the minimum liability car insurance coverage in Maine.

For more information: Maine Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

How can I get a veteran designation on my ID card?
Maine residents, who are either active duty or honorably charged military service members, may obtain a veteran designation on his or her drivers license or ID card. To apply, present a DD Form 214 or military ID, in the case of active duty military. To have the designation added to a current ID card, the applicant must supply the $5 fee for an ID card replacement.

For more information: How to Apply for a Maine Identification Card

How can I obtain a copy of the driver manual?
A copy of The Motorist Handbook and Study Guide is available online at the Maine BMV website. There, drivers have access to an audio version of the manual as well. An unofficial copy of the manual in Spanish is also offered.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Maine

How can I pay for my traffic or parking ticket?
Drivers can pay traffic ticket in any of three different ways:

  • In person at Maine District Court
  • Online
  • By phone at 1-866-729-8499
  • By mail

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Maine

How can I renew my drivers license?
Maine drivers have the option to renew drivers license either online or in person at a BMV branch location, mobile unit, or third party agent. Drivers license renewal applicants must hold a digital drivers license to qualify for online renewal. Also, if any changes—such as address information— need to be made to drivers license, then applicants must renew in person. To renew onlinehave the following ready:

  • Social Security number
  • Credit/debit card
  • Printer

Beginning at age 40, drivers license renewal applicants must have vision screened at Maine drivers license renewal application.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Maine

How can I renew my vehicle registration?
Vehicles registered in Maine are subject to an annual excise tax. This fee must be paid to a local municipal tax collector s office before a driver can renew car registration. Drivers can either renew car registration online or in person at a local BMV location or municipal office.

Online car registration renewal is a good option for drivers who do not have any changes to make to their car registration information. To applyfor car registration renewal, drivers need to provide the following:

  • Current registration card
  • Valid proof of auto insurance
  • Vehicle mileage

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Maine

How can I transfer my registration to another state?
Drivers cannot transfer car registration from one state to another. Each state has its own policy governing the car registration process. Check out your new state s DMV.com page to find out more information on how to register a car out of state.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Maine

How do I apply for a commercial drivers license?
To apply for a Maine commercial drivers license, applicants must appear at a BMV location and present the following documents:

  • Two proofs of identification
  • Proof of residency
  • Proof of legal presence in the United States

CDL applicants are eligible to take the applicable skills and knowledge tests after they have completed the Commercial Driver License Application and paid the fees.

For more information: Maine Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How do I apply for a disabled person parking placard or plates?
To apply for handicap placards and plates, complete an Application for Disability Plates/Placard. The application must be signed by a healthcare professional such as doctor or nurse.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Maine

How do I apply for a drivers license?
New Maine drivers must appear at a BMV office to apply for drivers license. A written drivers test and road test must be completed, as well as a vision screening. A one-year adult provisional license is issued to applicants 21 and older. First time drivers license applicants under 18 are issued an intermediate license.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Maine

How do I apply for a learner’s permit?
First time drivers age 15 and over must apply for a Maine drivers permit to legally operate a motor vehicle. Applicants age 15-17 must first complete a drivers ed course to be eligible to apply. The application process is usually completed through the driver s education course provider and the student driver would receive his or her permit in the mail. If this is not the case, then the applicant may mail in the following documents:

  • Completed Non-Commercial Class C Application
  • Drivers ed course completion certificate
  • Original birth certificate (will be returned back to applicant)
  • Learner s permit fee in the form of a check or money order in the amount of $10

First time drivers 18 and older are not required to take drivers ed but must pass the vision andwritten drivers test. Exams are administered by appointment only. To schedule the written and vison tests, send two forms of identification including an original birth certificate for applicants 22 and youngerto the ME Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Maine

How do I apply for a motorcycle license?
Maine residents 16 and older may apply for a motorcycle license. Applicants 16-17 years old must complete a basic rider education course to get a motorcycle permit. In addition, all motorcycle license applicants must complete a motorcycle driver training course. A motorcycle permit can be issued once proof of training is provided to the ME DMV. At that point, applicants may schedule a road test. The road test requirement is waived for applicants who already hold a Maine drivers license.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Maine

How do I change my address on my car insurance?
Car insurance companies vary in the manner in which they handle address changes. To find out the steps to change address on car insurance, Maine drivers will need to contact their car insurance company directly.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Maine

How do I change my address on my car registration?
Maine drivers can change car registration address by visiting an ME BMV location. You must present your current registration and proof of address change. A new registration reflecting the change will be issued to you at that time.

How do I change my address on my commercial drivers license?
To change address on a CDL license, applicants must visit a Maine BMV location. Drivers are required by law to notify the BMV within 30 days of an address change. To apply, provide proof of your new Maine residential address. Examples of acceptable proof include:

  • Utility bill
  • Paycheck stub
  • Lease or mortgage agreement

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Maine

How do I change my address on my drivers license?
To change address on a drivers license, applicants must visit a Maine BMV location. Drivers are required by law to notify the BMV within 30 days of an address change. To apply, provide proof of your new Maine residential address. Examples of acceptable proof include:

  • Utility bill
  • Paycheck stub
  • Lease or mortgage agreement

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Maine

How do I change my address on my ID card?
Identification card holders must visit a Maine BMV location to change address on ID card. Residents are required by law to notify the BMV within 30 days of an address change. To apply, provide proof of your new Maine residential address. Examples of acceptable proof include, but are not limited to:

  • Utility bill
  • Paycheck stub
  • Lease or mortgage agreement

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Maine

How do I change my name on my car insurance?
Drivers must submit a name change request directly to their auto insurance company. To find out how to go about the process to change your name on your car insurance policy, contact your insurance company directly.
How do I change my name on my car registration?
To apply for aname change on a car registration, drivers must apply in person at a ME BMV location. Upon arrival, you must present your current registration and proof of your name change. A new registration reflecting the change will be issued to you at that time.
How do I change my name on my driver’s license?
To apply for a name change on a drivers license, Maine drivers mustvisit an ME DMV location. Bring with you proof of the name change in the form of one of the following documents:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce decree
  • Other court order
How do I change my name on my ID card?
To change a name on an ID card, Maine residents must provide proof of name change in the form of one of the following documents:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce decree
  • Other court order
How do I contact the Social Security Administration for my name change?
To make an official name change with the Social Security Administration, you can either mail in the following information or you may present it at an SSA office near you:

  • Completed Application for a Social Security Card
  • Proof of your legal name change such as a marriage or divorce certificate
  • Proof of identity with a driver s license, state ID, or US Passport
  • Proof of citizenship with a US birth certificate or certificate of naturalization

Original documents or certified copies must be presented when applying for a name change with the Social Security Administration. The SSA will not accept photocopies of original documents. For more information on how to change your name legally, visit the Social Security Administration website.

How do I file a complaint when I believe someone has illegally accessed my DMV record?
Under federal law, drivers are protected from having their personal information shared through their driving record. Online driver records only display driver name, date of birth and driving history, but no personal information such as address or social security number. If you have reason to believe that your driving record was accessed illegally, contact the Information Resource of Maine office at 207-621-2600.

For more information: Your Maine Driving Record

How do I file a police report if my car registration was stolen?
To report a stolen car registration, drivers must contact local law enforcement officials. Filing a police report entails visiting a police station and relaying your statement about the circumstances surrounding the stolen or lost car registration. Be sure to bring with you proof of ownership of the vehicle, such as driver s license and insurance ID card.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Maine

How do I file a police report if my car title was stolen?
In case of a stolen car title, drivers should report the incident to local law enforcement officials. To file a police report, simply visit the nearest police station and ask to report a stolen car title. Drivers should bring driver s license, car registration, and proof of car insurancewith you as you may be asked to prove your identity and ownership of the vehicle.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Maine

How do I get a copy of my driving record?
Maine drivers may check driving records either by mail or online. To apply online, you will need to provide your drivers license number or name and date of birth. Also, access to a printer is necessary in order to print the online driving record.

A certified driving record can be obtained by submitting a written request via mail. Send in full name, date of birth and current address to:

Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Driver License Services Division

29 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333-0029

Telephone: 207-624-900, ext. 52116

For more information: Your Maine Driving Record

How do I get a duplicate ID card?
To save time, you can replace your ID card online through the Maine BMV Online Replacement and Renewal website. To apply online, you must meet certain criteria and you will need:

  • A Social Security Number.
  • A credit or debit card.
  • Access to a printer.

For more information: How to Apply for a Maine Identification Card

How do I get a hardship license?
A Maine hardship driver s license, referred to as a work-restricted license, allows those with a suspended drivers license to operate a motor vehicle for work-related reasons only. To get a work-restricted license, drivers must submit a completed Work-Restricted Driver s License Petition. Any suspended drivers license reinstatement fees must be paid to the BMV before application for a work-restricted license.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Maine

How do I get a replacement license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
Military members and other Maine residents located out of state can replace drivers license by sending in the following information to the Maine BMV:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Current address
  • Reason for replacement

Sign your request and send it along with your $5 replacement fee to the following address:

Bureau of Motor Vehicles

License Information Unit

29 State House Station

Augusta, ME 04333-0029

Telephone: 207-624-900, ext. 52114

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Maine Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I get a traffic ticket dismissed?
A traffic ticketcan be potentially dismissed if the driver choosing to plead “not guilty” to the violation and plead his or her case in court. At your trial, you will be able to present evidence and supply witnesses to support your plea. If the judge finds you not guilty, then the traffic ticket will be dismissed and you will not have to pay traffic fine. Though, you may incur costs such as attorney fees.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Maine

How do I obtain a copy of someone else’s driving record?
The personal contents of adrivers record such as name, address, driver s license number etc., are protected under state and federal privacy laws.Maine drivers must give the Bureau of Motor Vehicles written and signed permission to authorize an individual or organization to acquire a copy of their driving record. Sterilized drivingrecords— those without identifying information—are available for purchase on the BMV website or via mail-in request.

For more information: Your Maine Driving Record

How do I obtain a duplicate car registration?
To replace a car registration certificate that has been lost, stolen or damaged, drivers can apply for a duplicate car registration online, at any municipal office, or at a DMV office location.

To apply in person, simply request a duplicate registration and supply the duplicate registration fee of $2.

Online applicants must supply the license plate number of the vehicle in addition to other information such as name and date of birth of the vehicle owner. A duplicate car registration ordered online will be sent to the vehicle registrant s mailing address on file with the DMV.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Maine

How do I obtain a duplicate car title?
Maine drivers can obtain a duplicate car titleby mail, in person or online. The online Motor Vehicle Title Replacement service is open 24/7. To use the service, an applicant needs to supply the following information:

  • Vehicle year
  • VIN number and mileage
  • Name, date of birth and driver s license number of all vehicle owners

A Duplicate Car Title Application form must be completed to apply in person or by mail.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Maine

How do I obtain a duplicate license?
Maine drivers can replace drivers license that has been lost, stolen, or destroyed online, in person or by mail.

To apply for a duplicate license online, applicants must have a digital drivers license.

Two proofs of identification are needed to apply in person, with one showing the applicants signature and the other indicating date of birth.

Applicants who prefer to apply by mail should furnish a written request for a drivers license replacement that includes the applicants , name date of birth, current address and reason for replacement. Include the signed request along withthe $5 replacement fee and send to:

Bureau of Motor Vehicles

License Information Unit

29 State House Station

Augusta, ME 04333-0029

Telephone: 207-624-900, ext. 52114

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Maine Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I obtain a salvaged car title?
A salvage car title is issued to vehicles considered to be a total loss by the insurance company or by the owner. To apply for a salvage car title, applicants must first surrender the current certificate of title to the Maine Secretary of State Title Unit. A certificate of salvage can then be obtained.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Maine

How do I obtain car registration?
In order to obtain a DMVvehicle registration, Maine residents must first pay the excise tax due on the purchase at a local municipal office. Drivers who have purchased a new vehicle, will need to supply the manufacturer s suggested retail price sticker. The receipt from this transaction will serve as the car registration application. Submit the completed and signed application to a local DMV office.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Maine

How do I reinstate after a revocation as a Habitual Traffic Offender?
The Maine habitual offender law requires that offenders pay a fee of $500 to reinstate revoked drivers license. In addition, drivers must complete the entire drivers license examination process in order to regain their driving privileges.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Maine

How do I reinstate my license if I refused to submit a breath/urine/blood test?
Drivers who have had their drivers license confiscated due to a chemical test refusal violation and are subsequently convicted of a DUI, must take the following steps to reinstate suspended drivers license:

  1. Pay a fine or serve jail time
  2. Have license suspended for at least 150 days
  3. Take part in a substance abuse treatment program

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Maine

How do I reinstate my suspended license?
To reinstate suspended drivers license, Maine drivers must pay all fines and fees, including reinstatement fees, associated with their conviction.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Maine

How do I remove points from my driver’s license?
The Maine DMV offers a few different ways in which drivers can reduce points on their driver license. One option involves participating in a defensive driving course called the Maine Driving Dynamics Course. A three point credit towards a driver record is awarded at completion of the five-hour course. The other option is going violation free; drivers are awarded a one point reduction each year—up to four years—that passes without a violation.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Maine

How do I renew my driving permit?
Mainelearners permits are valid for up to two years. Drivers who need to renew learners permit must apply in person at a DMV location. Applicants will be required to retake the learners permit written test. And may also be required to have their vision screened.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Maine

How do I renew my ID card?
Identification card renewal applicants may utilize the online renewal service provided by the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicle to renew an ID card. To apply online, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have previously provided proof of legal presence in the US
  • Do not require changes to be made to your ID card
  • Be 23 years or older when last applied for an ID card

Maine identification card applicants who do not qualify to renew an ID card online must appear in person at a BMV office or mobile unit location.

For more information: How to Apply for a Maine Identification Card

How do I renew my license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
Members of the military stationed out of state can renew drivers license online. To qualify for online renewal, applicants must currently hold a Maine digital drivers license. Additionally, online renewals are not accepted if any changes need to be made to the applicant s drivers license. If you are a military member stationed out of state and do not meet the eligibility criteria to apply online, contact the Maine BMV, Drivers License Unit at 207-624-9000, ext. 52114.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Maine

How do I renew my medical report for a commercial license?
CDL license holders are required to keep an updated medical report on file with the DMV. A copy of your Medical Examiner s Certificate can be submitted by email at cdlcompliance.BMV@maine.gov, by fax at 207-624-9339, in person at a BMV branch office or by mail at:

Bureau of Motor Vehicles

CDL Compliance Unit

29 State House Station

Augusta, ME 04333-0029

For more information: Maine Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How do I renew my motorcycle license?
Drivers have the option to renew motorcycle license online through the Maine BMV renewal webpage. Motorcycle license holders who need to make any changes to the license cannot use this online service. Otherwise, applicants can apply for a motorcycle license renewal at the central BMV location in Augusta.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Maine

How do I replace my license if I am a non-U.S. citizen?
As is the requirement for United States citizens, non-US citizens must show proof of legal presence in the United States along with proof of a Maine physical address, such as a utility bill, pay stub, etc. to replace drivers license.

If applying in person, two different forms of proof of identity must be presented. One should include date of birth while the other must show the applicant s signature.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Maine Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I replace my license if I lost it out of state?
Drivers who lost drivers license while out of state may apply for a drivers license replacement by mail. To apply, send a written request that includes: name, date of birth, current address, reason for replacement and signature along with the $5 replacement feeto:

Bureau of Motor Vehicles

License Information Unit

29 State House Station

Augusta, ME 04333-0029

Telephone: 207-624-900, ext. 52114

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Maine Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I transfer my car title between states?
Drivers whohave relocated or who have purchased a vehicle out of state, must transfer car title to his or her current state of residence. To transfer car title between states, drivers must apply for a certificate of title in the new state. Acquiring a title in a new state involves surrendering the title to that state s DMV.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Maine

How do I transfer my car title if I lost the original?
A stolen, destroyed or lost car title must first be recovered before a car title transfer can be processed by the DMV. Drivers can submit a completed Duplicate Title Application to request a copy of car title. The duplicate car title fee is $33, the ME DMV will expedite your request for an added $10 fee.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Maine

How do I transfer my car title?
A car title transfer transaction is performed at the sale of a motor vehicle to transfer ownership from the seller to the buyer. To transfer car title, both parties must provide information about the sale on the reverse side of the current Certificate of Title, including the odometer reading and VIN number. Maine drivers can complete an application for car title transfer by visiting a Bureau of Motor Vehicles office location.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Maine

How do I transfer the title of my RV?
An RV is a motor home that is also a motor vehicle. Motor home title transfers are handled in the same manner as motor vehicle title transfers.To transfer title of an RV, submit the completed and signed original title and send it to the DMV along with the completed application for a certificate of title. Application forms are available upon request from the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles Title Unit and at each BMV branch location.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Maine

How does a military member obtain a motorcycle license?
Military personnel who have a motorcycle endorsement from another state may transfer their credentials over to Maine. Those looking to apply for an initial motorcycle license will still have to complete the required training or show proof of equivalent training completed elsewhere to obtain an ME motorcycle license.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Maine

How does the DMV check my vision?
When applying for a drivers license, first-time applicants are required to pass a vision screening. The test measures how clearly you see as well as how far you can see in either direction while your head is pointed forward. In lieu of a DMV vision screening, applicants may bring in proof of a recent eye exam performed by vision specialist.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Maine

How long do I need my learners permit before I can get my drivers license?
Drivers under 21 years old must have held a drivers permit for a least six months before they can apply for a drivers license. The practice driving must equate to 70 hours of driving with 10 of those being nighttime driving. Driving hours must be verified with the Secretary of State by the parent/legal guardian or spouse of the driver.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Maine

How long does it take to receive my replacement car title after ordering online?
After placing an order for a car title replacement online, drivers can expect to receive their title within 10 business days. Those who apply by mail or in person can pay an extra fee to have their car title replacement processes expiated.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Maine

How long will I have a suspended license for not taking a chemical test?
Drivers who refuse to submit to a chemical test when pulled over for a suspected OUI are subject to a suspended drivers license for a period of 275 days. A suspension of 18 months is handed down for a second conviction. A subsequent conviction could lead to a six-year drivers license suspensionfor refusing to take a chemical test.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Maine

How long will it take to get my new ID card?
Your identification cardwill be mailed within 2-3 weeks of your application. If you have not received your ID card after 60 days, contact the DMV at 207-624-9000 ext. 52114.

For more information: How to Apply for a Maine Identification Card

How many points can I get on my driving record before my driver’s license is suspended?
The Maine demerit point system keeps track of traffic tickets and other violations to one s driving record. A warning is issued at six points. After racking up 12 or more points, a drivers license suspension will be handed down by the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

For more information: Your Maine Driving Record

How many times can I attend a traffic school course to remove points from my driving record?
The Maine BMV offers a traffic school course to encourage drivers to learn defensive driving techniques.The Maine Driving Dynamics Course may be taken once every 12 months for a three point credit towards a driving record. The course is meant to be a preventative measure so it does not deduct points form a DMV driving record.

For more information: Your Maine Driving Record

How much does it cost to change my name on my car registration?
Applicants must apply for a new car registration that reflects current legal name. The fee to change name on car registration is $35.
How much does it cost to change my name on my car title?
The current legal name of the vehicle owner must be shown on the car title. The fee to change name on car title is $33.
How much does it cost to change my name with the DMV?
The cost to apply for a ME DMV name changetotals up to $98. The following is the breakdown of the fees associated with changing name on DMV record:

  • Drivers license: $30
  • Car registration: $35
  • Car title: $33
How often do I need to renew my CDL license?
Maine CDL license holders under the age of 65 are given a five-year commercial drivers license. Drivers 65 and older are eligible for a cdl renewal every four years.

For more information: Maine Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How soon can I renew my driver’s license?
Drivers can renew drivers license up to six months prior to drivers license expiration date. A drivers license renewal notice is mailed 4-6 weeks prior to prior to expiration.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Maine

If a family member dies and leaves his or her car to me, how do I switch over the title?
To transfer title of a motor vehicle bequeathed to an individual by a deceased relative, one must complete an Affidavit of Surviving Spouse or Personal Representative. This form asks that the surviving family member certify the death of the original owner and that the vehicle was left to them. The application must be signed, notarized, and submitted to the Maine BMV.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Maine

If I do not renew on time, will there be an additional fee?
No, there is no additional fee torenew expired car registration. Though, drivers are subject to a summons if they are found driving with expired tags.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Maine

If I file a police report, will my replacement fee be waived?
No, the replacement fee is not routinely waived when a police report is filed in the case of a lost or stolen drivers license. Currently, the fee to renew drivers license is $5.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Maine Driver’s License or ID Card

If I have been in an accident, what property damage do I have to report?
If you have been involved in an automobile accident with apparent property damage in the amount of $1,000 or more, the accident must be reported to your car insurance company. This information should be reported to your insurance provider immediately following the accident.

For more information: Maine Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

If I live outside of the state for half the year, am I still required to have car insurance?
Yes, all drivers that are residents of the state of Maine must maintain minimum liability car insurance on their vehicle that is registered in Maine. Failure to do so could result in a driver s license suspension.

For more information: Maine Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

If I lost my traffic or parking ticket, how can I find the information again?
Drivers should not worry if they have lost their Maine traffic citation. Pay traffic tickets online and gain access to the Pay Tixx portal by submitting either adriver s license number or date of birth in lieu of the traffic citation number. Also, get information about a citation by contactingthe Violations Bureau at 207-783-5422.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Maine

If I’m out of state and lost my ID, how can I get a new one?
Residents who are located out of state and have had their ID card lost, stolen or damaged, may apply to replace ID card via the Maine DMV online renewal and replacement website. To apply online, you will need to provide the following:

  • Social Security Number
  • Credit or debit card
  • Printer

For more information: How to Apply for a Maine Identification Card

If my driver’s license was confiscated at the time of my DUI/DWI arrest, how do I get it back?
Due to the Implied Consent Law, drivers who refuse to submit to a chemical test during a DUIarrest, will automatically receive a suspended drivers license. The first conviction calls for a mandatorydrivers license suspension period of at least 18 months. After the driver receives a reinstatement from the DMV, he or she may then take necessary steps to reinstate suspended drivers license, which involves the payment of fees and fines as well as mandatory participation in an alcohol and drug treatment program.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Maine

Is there a different process I must follow if I lost personalized plates?
Yes, there is a different process drivers must follow to replace lost or stolen license plates, including personalize plates. Drivers who have had their license plates lost or stolen cannot use the online portal apply for duplicate car registration. To request a replacement plates, fill out the Notice of Loss of Number Plates and Request for New Plates application form and submit it to the DMV along with the appropriate fees.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Maine

Is there a minimum age I have to be to get a commercial drivers license?
The minimum age required to get a commercial drivers license is 16 years old. Applicants under 18 must have the application signed by a parent or legal guardian.

For more information: Maine Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Is there an age limit to renew your license?
No, the Maine DMV has not set an age limit to renew drivers license. Though, drivers are subject to regular vision screenings after reaching 40 years of age.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Maine

Should I carry the registration on me or in the car?
Maine drivers must keep car registration in the vehicle along with proof of car insurance. Both must be at hand and you will be requested to show them in the event you are pulled over by a law enforcement officer.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Maine

What address will my replacement license be mailed to?
Maine duplicate drivers licensesare mailed to the address indicated on a drivers license replacement request. If no address is provided, the DMV will mail the duplicate license to the mailing address on record. This is a good time for drivers to update address on DMV records.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Maine Driver’s License or ID Card

What are requirements for seniors to renew a driving license?
When a driver reaches the age of 40, they must submit to a vision test to renew drivers license. After that, applicants must have their vision screened at every second renewal until they reach the age of 62. Senior drivers 62 and older must have a vision screening each time they renew drivers license.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Maine

What are some reasons that may require me to transfer my car title?
Some of the most common reasons drivers require a transfer of title include the following.

  • To sell or buy a car
  • To procure vehicle awarded in a divorce
  • To obtain ownership of vehicle left by a deceased family member

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Maine

What are some violations that may constitute in a suspended license?
Some of the violations that could result in a Maine suspended drivers license include:

For more information: Suspended License Information for Maine

What are the age restrictions to ride a motorcycle?
Maine motorcycle license applicants must be at least 16 years old. Also, applicants under 18 must complete the basic driver education course before they can apply for a motorcycle license.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Maine

What are the available commercial license endorsements?
The following are available CDL endorsements for a Class A, Class B, and Class C commercial license:

  • H Hazardous Materials
  • N Tank Vehicles
  • T Double/Triple Trailers
  • P Passenger
  • S School Bus

For more information: Maine Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What are the consequences of driving with a suspended license?
Ifconvicted of driving with a suspended drivers license, a driver will have his or her suspension period extended for an additional 30 days.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Maine

What are the different types of driving records?
The different types of driving recordsavailable from the Maine BMV include:

  • Three-year record
  • 10-year record
  • Certified record
  • Conviction record
  • Accident report
  • Driver s license suspension or revocation notice record

For more information: Your Maine Driving Record

What are the fees associated with an ID card?
Whether you are applying for an initial, renewal, or ID card replacement, the fee is the same. The cost of a Maine ID card is $5. Fees are subject to change.

For more information: How to Apply for a Maine Identification Card

What are the fees for a duplicate drivers license?
The fee to replace drivers license is $5 in Maine. Fees are subject to change.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Maine Driver’s License or ID Card

What are the learners permit restrictions during my first year?
Learners permit applicants under 21 years old must adhere to the following restrictions during the first six months of holding a drivers permit:

  • Must be accompanied by a driver 20 or older who has been licensed for at least two years
  • Must complete at least 70 hours of driving, 10 of those being at night
  • Cannot use a cell phone while driving

Learner s permit holders 21 and older are only required to adhere to the cell phone restriction.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Maine

What are the medical certifications required to obtain a CDL?
You must be medically fit to obtain a Maine CDL license. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sets the medical standards for CDL drivers across the nation. CDL license holdersmustsubmit a self-certification form. Drivers who certify non-excepted interstate or non-excepted intrastate driving are required to keep a copy of his or her DOT Medical Examiners Certificate on file with the Maine BMV.

For more information: Maine Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What are the most common reasons why I would need to replace my registration?
The most common reasons drivers will require a duplicate car registration are if the original was:

  • Lost.
  • Stolen.
  • Damaged or destroyed.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Maine

What are the penalties for getting a traffic ticket with a driver’s permit?
Learner s permit and provisional drivers license holders under the age of 21 are subject to a drivers license suspension of 30 days if convicted of a moving violation. Subsequent violations carry more severe penalties.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Maine

What are the penalties of being convicted of driving under the influence?
Driving under the influence carries stiff penalties in Maine. The following is a list of penalties associated with being convicted of DUI:

  • Fines
  • Jail time
  • Drivers license suspension for at least 150 days
  • Mandatory participation in a substance abuse treatment program

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Maine

What are the reinstatement fees I will have to pay for a suspended license?
Driver s license reinstatement fees can vary depending different factors such as the type and number of violations. Drivers should refer to the reinstatement notice sent by the Maine BMV for more information regarding reinstatement fees.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Maine

What are the required fees for my vehicle registration?
Maine vehicle registration fees vary depending on the type of vehicle. The current fee for a passengercar registration is $35.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Maine

What are the required fees to get a replacement car title?
The car title replacement fee is $33. There is an option for a rush request for the cost of $10.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Maine

What are the required fees to get replacement registration?
A duplicate registration certificate obtained at a municipal office costs $2. There is a $3 fee for a car registration copy obtained via the online system.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Maine

What are the required fees to renew my registration?
The cost to renew vehicle registration varies depending on the type of vehicle. Currently, the passenger car registration renewal fee is $35.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Maine

What are the requirements to operate a three-wheel motorcycle?
A motorcycle license may be used to operate a three-wheel motorcycle. All motorcycle license applicants and riders should familiarize themselves with the safety and traffic laws contained in the Maine Motorcycle Operator Manual. This guide also contains supplementary information specific to the operation of three-wheel motorcycles.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Maine

What are the suspensions eligible for a hardship license?
The Maine DMV offers a work-restricted driver s license for most violations.Drivers convicted of an OUI are not eligible for a work-restricted driver s license during their suspension period.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Maine

What do I need to do to get my driver’s license if I fail the driving test?
Drivers license applicants who fail either portion of the drivers exam may retake the test(s) at a later date. The examiner will give you specific instructions on how to apply for a retest.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Maine

What documents do I need to get a learner’s permit?
Learners permit applicants 15-17 years old must submit the following documentation to the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles:

Applicants 18 and over shall submit two forms of identification including birth certificate or a passport if the applicant is age 18-22. Another common form of identification accepted by the BMV is a Social Security Card.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Maine

What documents do I need to get a motorcycle license?
When getting a motorcycle license, Maine residents must present the following documentation:

  • Certificate of completion of a rider education course
  • Two proofs of identity:
    • Birth Certificate
    • Driver Education Card
    • Passport
    • Social Security card
  • One proof of legal presence in the US:
    • Birth Certificate
    • Certificate of Naturalization
    • Permanent Resident Card
  • One proof of Main residency:
    • W-2
    • Pay stub
    • Utility Bill

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Maine

What documents do I need to get my drivers license?
Only Maine residents are eligible to apply for drivers license. Applicants must provide one proof of residency as well as one legal presence in the United States to get a drivers license.A Social Security Number must also be provided if not already on file with the Maine Secretary of State. The following list contains examples of acceptable documents for a drivers license application:

  • Proof of residency:
    • Utility bill
    • Pay stub
    • Insurance policy
  • Proof of legal presence in the US:
    • Birth Certificate
    • Certificate of Naturalization
    • Permanent resident Card

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Maine

What documents do I need to present for a replacement car title?
A Duplicate Car Title Application is required to complete a car title replacement in person or by mail. Online applicants will need to furnish the following information:

  • Vehicle year
  • VIN number and mileage
  • Name, date of birth and driver s license number of all vehicle owners

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Maine

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Maine

What documents do I need to present for proof of residency?
When address changing with the DMV, drivers must be able to show proof of Maine residency. Acceptable forms of proof include but are not limited to:

  • Utility bill
  • Vehicle registration
  • Paycheck stub
  • Voter registration card

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Maine

What documents do I need to present if I am a non-U.S. citizen changing address?
Non-United States citizens should follow the same procedure as a US citizen to prove Maine residency when changing address on DMV drivers license. The following is a list of documents acceptable as proof of residence:

  • Utility bill
  • Vehicle registration
  • Paycheck stub
  • W-2

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Maine

What documents do I need to present to get a replacement car registration?
To obtain a car registration replacement, applicants need only provide proof of ownership of the vehicle—such as the driver s license—and the duplicate registration fee of $2 at a municipal tax office or BMV office.

Online applicants must supply the following information to process an online request for duplicate car registration:

  • Last name
  • Date of birth
  • License plate number

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Maine

What documents do I need to present to get new registration?
To get a new car registration, present the following documents at the Maine DMV:

  • Bill of sale
  • Title or application for title, for vehicles model year 1995 or newer
  • Proof of insurance
  • Excise tax receipt and car registration application

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Maine

What documents do I need to present to renew my car registration?
Maine car registration renewal applicants need to present the following documents to get their car registered:

  • Current vehicle registration
  • Insurance ID card

In addition, applicants must supply the vehicle s current mileage to renew car registration online.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Maine

What documents do I need to present to renew my drivers license?
Documents needed to renew drivers license at a Maine DMV location, applicants will need to bring original drivers license as well proof of Maine residency and legal presence in the United States:

  • Proof of physical address:
  • Utility bill
  • Voter registration card
  • Car registration
  • Proof of legal presence in the US:
  • Birth Certificate
  • US Passport
  • Permanent Resident Card

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Maine

What documents do I need to transfer my car title?
The documents needed to transfer car title include:

  • Certificate of Title, completed and signed
  • Title application

A title application can be obtained at any BMV location.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Maine

What documents will I need to present to replace my drivers license?
Drivers must provide proof of legal presence in the US and proof of residency if not previously furnished to the Maine DMV. Two proofs of identity are also required when applying for drivers licensereplacement in person, such as:

  • Proof of identity:
    • Birth certificate
    • Certificate of marriage
    • Passport
  • Proof of physical address:
    • Utility bill
    • Voter registration card
    • Car registration
  • Proof of legal presence in the US:
    • Birth certificate
    • US Passport
    • Permanent resident card

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Maine Driver’s License or ID Card

What exams do I need to pass to get a motorcycle license?
After the written knowledge test to get a motorcycle permit, applicants must pass the motorcycle skills road test to get a motorcycle license. The road test requirement is waived if your already possess a ME driver s license. A vision screening required to get a motorcycle license, as well.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Maine

What forms must I fill out for a duplicate car title?
Drivers must complete a Duplicate Car Title Application form. Thisapplication form may be submitted either in person can be mailed to the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Maine

What happens if I get traffic ticket fines and I have a CDL?
Commercial driver s license holders who commit a series of serious traffic violations, such as excessive speeding or reckless driving, will get a suspended drivers license.

  • First violation: 60-day suspension
  • Second violation: 120-day suspension
  • Third violation: Minimum of one-year suspension

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Maine

What happens to my commercial driver license if I am convicted of a DUI?
Maine CDL license holders convicted of a DUI for a blood alcohol content (BAC) below .04 percent will lose their driving privileges for 24 hours. For a BAC of .04 percent or higher, the driver will get a suspended cdl for at least three years.

For more information: Maine Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What if the original is located after my car title replacement has been issued?
If the original title is found following the application for a duplicate car title, applicants must surrender the original to the Title Section of the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles, immediately.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Maine

What information does a driving record contain?
A DMV driving record is a history of driver and vehicle-related activity. The standard ME driving record will contain information such as when a drivers license was obtained, any demerit points and also certain violations, such as speeding tickets. A driving record will also display the driver s name and date of birth.

A copy of conviction, accident reports and suspension or revocation notices are available for an additional fee.

For more information: Your Maine Driving Record

What is an ID card?
An ID card is an official state non-driver identification card issued by the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles.It is used in the same way that a driver s license would be used—excluding the driving privileges. Use yourME ID card to show proof of identification, date of birth and/or address at many businesses, institutions, and organizations.

For more information: How to Apply for a Maine Identification Card

What is considered the legal alcohol limit?
What is the cost of a DUI?
DUI convictionsin Mainecarry severe penalties, not to mention financial cost to the driver. Drivers are subject to fees, fines and even jail time which could result in the loss of time from one s job. The following is a sample of some of the fees associated with a DUI conviction:

  • Fineranging from $500 to $600
  • Reinstatement fees
  • DUI attorney fees

The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety estimates the overall cost of a DUI to be $7000.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Maine

What is the cost of a traffic ticket?
The following is a list of some of the more common violations and the traffic ticket fines associated with each:

  • Speeding 10-14 over the speed limit: $137
  • Speeding 15-19 over speed limit: $185
  • Operating a motor vehicle while consuming alcohol: $165

Keep in mind that fines vary from county to county.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Maine

What is the cost to get a driver record?
The following is a list of fees associated with obtaining a Maine driving record:

  • Three-year record:
    • By mail: $5
    • Online: $7
  • Ten-year record:
    • By mail: $10
    • Online:$12

For more information: Your Maine Driving Record

What is the DUI penalty for a CDL driver?
As is to be expected, the laws involving DUI convictions for CDL drivers is more severe than it is for operators of a personal motor vehicle. CDL driver will receive a suspended drivers license for operating a commercial motor vehicle with a BAC of .04 percent or more. An initial DUI conviction carries a suspension length of at least one year.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Maine

What is the DUI penalty for a minor?
The DUI penalties handed down to underage drivers in Maine are quite severe. Drivers under 21 will face the following consequences for driving with any amount of traceable alcohol in their system:

  • Drivers license suspension of one year or more
  • Payment of fine and drivers license reinstatement fee
  • Possible jail time
  • Alcohol evaluation and treatment program
  • Suspension period of an additional 180 days if carrying passengers under 21 years old

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Maine

What is the minimum liability insurance coverage?
The minimum liability vehicle coverage required by Maine law is:

  • $50,000 for injury or death of one person.
  • $100,000 for injury or death of one person/one accident.
  • $25,000 for property damage.

Additionally, drivers must obtain the following minimum auto coverage:

  • $50/$100 uninsured motorist bodily injury
  • $100,000 combined single limit
  • $2,000 medical payments coverage

For more information: Maine Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What is the passing score for a written test?
The passing score for the written drivers test is 80 percent. Questions are based on the information contained in The State of Maine Motorist Handbook and Study Guide.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Maine

What is the process to get a title for a scooter or motorcycle?
Though scooters do not require acar title or registration in Maine, all motorcycles 300ccs or more must undergo title and registration. The car title transfer process is the same for motorcycles as it is for motor vehicles. A car title should accompany the sale of any motorcycle, whether it be new or used.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Maine

What languages is the written test available in?
The Maine written driver license test is now available in multiple languages — including Spanish — via the newly introduced electronic driver license testing format. Drivers interested in finding a specific language should contact the Bureau of Motor Vehicles at 207-624-9000.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Maine

What must I do to reinstate my driver’s license as a result of a DUI/DWI?
Maine drivers who need to reinstate suspend drivers license following a DUI conviction will have to submit to the following penalties to regain their driving privileges:

  • Pay a fine or serve jail time
  • Have license suspended for at least 150 days
  • Take part in a substance abuse treatment program

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Maine

What penalties will I face if I do not change my address with the DMV?
Residents who neglect to apply for an address change request with the DMV are subject to missing out on vehicle registration and drivers license renewal notices. ME law requires you to update address information within 30 days.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Maine

What penalties will I face if I do not renew my expired drivers license?
Drivers caught operating a motor vehicle under an expired drivers license by a law enforcement officials can have his or her drivers license confiscated and be forced to return home on a temporary permit.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Maine

What proof of insurance can I provide when registering my car?
Proof of car insurance is mandatory in order to apply for car registration. The Maine DMV will accept the following forms to show proof of auto insurance:

  • Insurance ID card
  • Insurance policy
  • Insurance binder
  • A letter from the insurance company stating that the vehicle has liability coverage

For more information: Maine Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What should I do if I have not received my registration tags or stickers?
Car registration renewal applicants who have not received registration plates can fill out a Plates Never Used-Plates Never Received form to certify their statement. The form needs to be notarized before being submitted to the DMV.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Maine

What should I do if I have not received my renewed license?
Renewed drivers licenses usually take less than two weeks to arrive in the mail, thoughdrivers can expect to wait up to three weeks. The temporary license issued at the time of application is valid for 60 days. Driver license renewal applicants who have not received renewed license in the mail within 60 days should contact the Maine BMV Drivers License Unit at 207-624-9000, ext. 52114.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Maine

What test do I need to take for my learners permit?
To obtain a drivers permit, applicants must pass the following tests:

  • Driver knowledge exam
  • Vision screening

Tests are offered at all ME DMV locations though must be scheduled in advance.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Maine

What tests do I have to take to obtain a CDL?
All commercial drivers license applicants have to take a general knowledge written test and a skills test to apply for a CDL. Beyond that, each applicant must take the test that corresponds to the endorsement he or sheis applying for. The tests offered are:

  • Passenger transport test
  • Air brakes test
  • Combination vehicles test
  • Hazardous Materials test
  • Tanker test
  • Doubles triples test
  • School bus test

For more information: Maine Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What tests will I need to take for my drivers license?
Applicants for a ME drivers license must take the following tests at a BMV location:

  • Written driver test
  • Road test
  • Vision screening

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Maine

What type of car insurance am I required to have?
The minimum car insurance required in the state of Maine includes liability bodily injury, property damage and uninsured motorist coverage. Drivers are also required to obtain minimum uninsured motorist and medical coverage.

For more information: Maine Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What type of noncommercial license will I need?
Class C is the standard driver license for the majority of passenger vehicle operators. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles offers a Class C noncommercial drivers license for driver s license applicants.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Maine

What will happen if I fail to get or keep car insurance?
Drivers who fail to provide valid proof of car insurance to a law enforcement officer will be subject to a driver s license suspension as well as being barred from applying for car registration renewals. Furthermore, uninsured motorists will be made to file proof of financial responsibility with the Maine DMV in the form of an SR22 insurance certificate in order to reinstate a suspended rivers license.

For more information: Maine Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

When can I reinstate my license after it has been suspended?
Suspended drivers license holders may reinstate suspended drivers license once they receive a written notice from the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles. At that point, reinstatement fees can be paid.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Maine

When does my car registration expire?
Maine drivers must renew expired car registration by the last day of the month one year from the month of issuance. Drivers are responsible for making note of the time of renewal since vehicle registration renewal notices are not sent out by the DMV.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Maine

When does my ID card expire?
In order to inquire about when your ME ID card expires, contact the DMV at 207-624-9000 ext. 52114.

For more information: How to Apply for a Maine Identification Card

When must I change my address with the DMV?
By law, Maine residents are required to notify the DMV of theiraddress changing within 30 days. You must update address information on both your car registration and driver s license.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Maine

When should I complete a Bill of Sale?
Drivers need to complete a Bill of Saleto buy or sell a carthrough a private party. Also, car buyers will receive a bill of sale, also known as sales agreement, from a car dealer. The completed and signed document must be presented, along with car title transfer and other documents, when applying for a Maine car registration.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Maine

When will I need to renew my license?
Drivers must renew drivers license by the expiration date. Renewals can also be made up to six months prior to expiration.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Maine

When will I receive a replacement license after applying?
Most drivers license replacement cards arrive in the mail within two weeks, though allow up to three weeks for delivery. After 60 days, you should contact the ME DMV if you have not received your replacement drivers license.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Maine Driver’s License or ID Card

Where can I check to see if my license is suspended?
To check weather a Maine drivers license suspension has applied to your driving record or not, call the Maine BMV or submit a written request via mail:

Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Driver License Services Division

29 State House Station

Augusta, ME 04333-0029

Telephone: (207) 624-9000

For more information: Suspended License Information for Maine

Where can I find a local tax county collector office?
In addition to the sales tax due at the initial registration of a newly purchased new or used vehicle, Maine car registrants must pay an excise tax each year to renew car registration. Vehicle taxes are paid out to the local municipality tax office. To locate the municipality tax collector s office nearest you, use the Maine Local Government Portal webpage. If your area does not have a municipal office, you may instead visit the nearest BMV branch office.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Maine

Where can I find more information about an ignition interlock device?
Maine drivers convicted of DUI have the option to utilize the ignition interlock device (IIU) in exchange for a reduced length drivers license suspension period. For example, an initial DUI convictionscarry a suspension length of 150 days thatlength is reduced to 30 days with the successful installation and maintenance of an IIU device. To find out more information about the Main ignition interlock device program contact the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles OUI/HO Section at 207-624-9000.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Maine

Where can I find my traffic or parking ticket information online?
Traffic information such as violation record, court dates and outstanding fines can be found online at Pay Tixx, Maine s traffic ticket payment portal. Driver can also pay traffic tickets online using the system. Your drivers license or date of birth may be used in lieu of your citation number if you cannot locate your ticket.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Maine

Where can I get a new drivers license?
A Maine drivers license can be obtained at any Bureau of Motor Vehicles office location. Drivers license tests are available by appointment only.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Maine

Where can I mail my request for a replacement title?
Car title replacement applicants should mailtheir completed Duplicate Car Title Application to:

Vehicle Services — Title Section

Bureau of Motor Vehicles

29 State House Station

Augusta, ME 04333-0029

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Maine

Where can I obtain an ID card?
A Maine ID card may be obtained at any Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles branch office or mobile unit location. Identification card renewal applicants have the option of going online to order a renewed ID card.

For more information: How to Apply for a Maine Identification Card

Which types of vehicles need to be insured?
Maine requires that all registered motor vehicles carry at least liability car insurance. The types of vehicles that are required to be insured include passenger cars, motorcycles, and RVs.

For more information: Maine Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Who can sign for my permit or license if I am under 18?
A parent or legal guardian must sign the drivers permit application for applicants under 18 years old. If the underage applicant is married, his or her spouse may sign for the applicant given that the spouse is at least 18 years old.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Maine

Why doesn’t a recent traffic ticket I received appear on my driving record?
Violations that were electronically transmitted through the Maine Violations Bureau may not appear when you check yourdriving record. If you would like to gain access to this information, you must contact the Violations Bureau at 207-783-5422.

For more information: Your Maine Driving Record

Will I be required to take a vision test for a drivers license renewal?
Once drivers reach a certain age, they are required to have a vision screening to renew drivers license. Drivers license renewal applicants must have a vision screening at every second renewal following an initial screening after the driver s 40th birthday. Upon reaching 62 years of age, applicants must have a vision screening at each renewal.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Maine

Will I get a drivers license renewal notice in the mail?
Yes, the Maine BMV issues drivers license renewal notices to drivers via mail approximately four to six weeks prior to the drivers license expiration date.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Maine

Will I have points against my driver’s license if I get a ticket?
Yes, drivers who receive a ticket for certain traffic violations will have points assessed to their driving record. The Maine BMV offers a list of violations and the amount of points attributed to the conviction of the violation. A drivers license suspension will be handed down whenthe driver reaches 12 points.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Maine

Will I have to take an alcohol awareness class to reinstate my driver’s license?
Yes, all drivers convicted of a DUI in Main must participate in a drug and alcohol awareness program as one of the conditions to reinstate suspended drivers license. There are two different programs, one for underage drivers and another for those 21 and older.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Maine

Will I need to fill out an application to replace my car registration?
Yes, applicantsmust fill out an application form to replace car registration. When applying in person at an SOS office location, applicants must complete and sign the Request for a Duplicate Registration Certificate.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Maine

Will I need to present proof of insurance to get a car title replacement?
No, applicants neednot provide proof of car insurance in application for Maine duplicate car title. Proof of insurance is required when drivers apply for a car registration or car registration replacement.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Maine

Will I receive a renewal registration notice in the mail?
No, the Maine DMV does not notify drivers of their upcoming car registration renewal date. Drivers are responsible for remembering that their car registration expires one year from the month that it was issued.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Maine

Will my registration expire on my birthday or birth month?
No, Maine car registration renewal dates do not correlate to the driver s birthday or birth month. Car registrations expire on the last day of the month, one year from issuance.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Maine