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Driver Permit info

The State of Maine Motorist Handbook and Study Guide for 2013 is an important document. 

Instruction permits, or learner permits, allow drivers at least 15 years old to drive while accompanied by another driver who is 20 or older with a valid license for the past two years.

You need to have an instruction permit for six months before applying for an intermediate license.

Getting an Instruction Permit

If you are under 18, you must take an approved driver education course to get your instruction permit. The permit lets you drive a vehicle when accompanied by a licensed driver at least 20 years of age with a valid license for the past two years. The permit is good for 24 months.

Forest Matthieus Driving School is an approved driver education school to  handle the process of testing and issuing learner permits. Driver education involves 10 hours of driving instruction and 30 hours of classroom instruction.

At the end of the course, you will take a written exam and vision test. The Maine Exam Manual contains sample test questions, and DMV.org provides practice tests.

Students who pass will receive their learner permits in the mail.

Maine’s Motorist Handbook and Study Guide is the official manual for applicants studying for a noncommercial driver’s license or permit. It’s also the material used by those interested in a motorcycle license or permit. The 119-page guide covers the following areas:

  • How to acquire a permit and license
  • Practice questions for the written permit exam
  • Titling and registering a motor vehicle
  • Insurance requirements
  • Inspection requirements
  • Rules of the road and safe driving
  • Handling road emergencies
  • Motorcycle information

The Maine Motorist Handbook and Study Guide is available free online or from anyMaine BMV office.

How do you obtain a driver’s permit in Maine?

  • You need to be at least 15 years of age.
  • If you are under 18 years of age, complete an approved driver education course.
  • Obtain an instruction permit by successfully completing a driver knowledge examination.
  • An Instruction permit is valid for 24 months.
  • The Instruction permit allows a person to operate a vehicle when accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 20 years of age and has held a valid license for 2 years. The accompanying operator must be licensed to drive the class of vehicle(s) being operated.
  • Written exams and visual screenings are offered on a scheduled basis at all Motor Vehicle branch offices. Two forms of identification are required. Example; birth certificate and social security card. Although your social security number will not be displayed on your license, it must be provided upon application or renewal for a license. Birth certificates are required of applicants up to and including age 22.
  • Photocopies of birth certificates must have an embossed seal or stamp of an issuing agency. Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Who needs a Maine driver’s license?

Any resident of the State who wishes to operate a motor vehicle in Maine. New residents who hold a valid driver’s license from another state must surrender that license and apply for a Maine driver’s license within 30 days of establishing residency.

Class C License

Class C is the standard license classification issued to most motor vehicle operators. A Class C license covers any single vehicle or combination of vehicles that does not meet the definition of Class A or B. Holders of Class C license may, with any appropriate endorsements, operate all vehicles in that class.

*Maine requirements are excerpts from the State of Maine Motorist Handbook & Study Guide and Maine.gov website.