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Frequently Asked Questions - Maine Teen Driver

The Maine BMV requires applicants to submit proof of identity, residency, legal presence in the United States and a Social Security number with the following documents:

Proof of Identity—One document must have your date of birth and a second document must have your written signature.
• Adoption papers
• Baptismal records
• Birth certificate
• Certificate of marriage
• Citizenship papers
• Concealed weapons permit
• Copy of marital application
• Court order
• Divorce papers
• Draft card
• Driver education card
• Driver’s license
• Driver’s permit
• Medical record from a doctor or hospital
• Military dependent identification card
• Military identification card
• Parent or legal guardian (must appear in person and prove his or her identity and only applies to minors)
• Passport
• School records or transcripts (must be certified)
• Social Security card
• Unemployment card

Proof of Maine Residency
• Recent Maine driver’s license with physical address
• Maine vehicle registration
• Utility bill from electric, water, sewer or cell phone provider
• Maine resident fishing and/or hunting license
• Mortgage, lease agreement, insurance policy, insurance identification card or SR-22 insurance
• Tax bill or tax return
• Official document issued by a government agency
• Paycheck stub
• W-2
• Conditional order of restoration

Legal Presence—Citizens
• Birth certificate (must be a certified copy from a State Office of Vital Statistics or equivalent agency showing that the person was born in:
• A state of the United States
• The District of Columbia
• Puerto Rico (after January 12, 1941)
• Virgin Islands (after January 16, 1917)
• Guam (after April 11, 1899)
• American Samoa (after February 15, 1900)
• Swains Island (after March 3, 1925) or
• Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (after January 8, 1978)
• Passport or passport card issued by the United States
• Consular report of birth abroad, certificate of report of birth or certification of report of birth
• Certificate of Naturalization
• Certificate of United States Citizenship
• United States Citizen Identification Card
• Identification card for Resident Citizen in the United States
• American Indian Card
• Northern Mariana identification card

Legal Presence—Non-Citizens
• Resident alien card or permanent resident card
• Memorandum of Creation of Record of lawful permanent residence
• I-94 documents with arrival and departure information or a foreign passport with a Processed for I-551 stamp or an I-551 Alien Documentation and Identification System stamp
• Temporary resident card
• Re-entry permit
• Employment authorization card
• Travel document or Refugee travel document
• I-94 Form stamped or endorsed or an arrival/departure card
• Notice of Action or other official notification showing period of admission
• Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (Form I-20) or DS-2019 endorsed or stamped
• A letter, order, appellate decision, I-94 with arrival/departure information or foreign passport stamped with Section 207 Refugee, Section 208 Asylee, Section 212(d)(5) Parolee or Cuban/Haitian Entrant, Section 243(h), Section 241(b)(3) or Conditional Entrant
• I-94 with arrival and departure information of Canadian passport coded S13
• Letter or tribal document showing the person is an American Indian born in Canada
• A letter, order, appellate decision or arrival/departure Form I-94 showing a grant of asylum
• Status as a special immigrant juvenile (must have a pending application)
• Letter acknowledging the person as a victim of crime as defined by the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 or the Violence Against Women Act
• Letter of notice showing a grant of deferred action or Order of Supervision or similar status
• Any other documents issued by the United States Department of Justice or Homeland Security, including predecessor or successor federal agencies that have responsibility for implementing the Immigration and Nationality Act

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The Maine BMV requires anyone under the age of 18 to complete an approved driver’s education course before applying for a learner’s permit. The course should include the following:

• 30 hours of classroom instruction
• 10 hours of driving instruction

The course will teach you how to operate a motor vehicle safely, the importance of understanding the rules of the road and state traffic laws.

What tests must I pass?
The Maine BMV requires teen drivers to pass the following tests:

Written Knowledge Test
• The written knowledge test consists of multiple-choice questions covering traffic signs and safe driving techniques. You must correctly answer 21 out of 25 questions correctly to pass the test.

Vision Screening Exam
• You must be able to pass the vision screening exam with a visual acuity of 20/40 or better in the best eye, with our without using corrective lenses and a binocular visual field of 150 or better.

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The State of Maine has the following requirements to apply for an Intermediate Driver’s License:

• You must have your Maine Learner’s Permit for at least six months in good standing.
• You must log a minimum of 35 hours practice driving.
• You must complete at least five practice hours at night.

You must hold an intermediate license for 180 days before applying for an unrestricted license.

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The State of Maine has a graduated licensing system for new drivers who are under 18, which include:

Learner’s Permit—Under 21 Years Old
• You must log 35 hours of practice driving with 5 hours done after dark.
• You must hold the permit for at least six months before applying to take the road test.
• You must take an exam for a new permit if your permit expires but you don’t have to wait before applying to take the road test.

Learner’s Permit—Age 21 or Over
• You can take the road test without waiting six months.

The Learner’s Permit is valid for a period of 18 months.

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The State of Maine has the following restrictions:

Learner’s Permit—Under or Over 21 Years of Age
• You are not allowed to use a cell phone while driving.
• You must be accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 20 years or older and has a minimum of two years driving experience.

Intermediate Driver’s License
• You are not allowed to carry any non-family passengers unless accompanied by a licensed driver who is 20 years or older and has a minimum of two years driving experience. The supervisor must sit next to you and be prepared to take control of the vehicle if necessary.
• You are prohibited from driving between the hours of 12 and 5 am.
• You are not allowed to use a cell phone while driving.

You can apply for a full license if you have driven without incident for 180 days.

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There are no specific restrictions for newly licensed drivers but anyone under the age of 18 is prohibited from using a hand-held electronic device while operating a motor vehicle. As of September 2011, all drivers are prohibited from texting while driving.

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The Maine BMV strongly recommends that teens and parents sign a contract stipulating that the teen driver promises to follow the rules of the road and understand the responsibilities of operating a motor vehicle. This should include information about the following:

• Driving sober and the penalties for violating the law
• To always wear a seat belt
• Focus on driving by paying attention to the road and avoiding distractions
• How to drive defensively and share the road with other drivers

Parents should teach by setting a good example and making sure that the vehicle is safe to operate.

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Before applying for a learner’s permit, you should read the Maine Motorist Handbook and Study Guide, which covers some of the following topics:

• How to acquire a learner’s permit and driver’s license
• Practice questions to help pass the written test
• Owning and maintaining a motor vehicle
• Insurance requirements
• Inspection requirements
• The rules of the road
• Safe driving techniques
• How to handle a roadside emergency

The Maine Motorist Handbook and Study Guide is available at any Bureau of Motor Vehicle (BMV) office or online at the BMV website.

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Applicants will need to do the following at the BMV when applying for a learner’s permit:

• Fill out and sign a permit application.
• Submit a check or money order for $10 payable to the Secretary of State.
• Submit the required documents for proof of identity, residence and legal presence in the United States.

You will also be required to present a certificate of completion for an approved driver’s education course if you are under the age of 18.

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