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Graduated Driver License System

Maine has a law that requires a 3-step graduated drivers licensing system for new drivers who are under 18 years of age. The law includes restrictions for drivers under 21 years of age. The law is intended to allow Maine's young people to gain valuable driving experience under lower risk conditions.

What are the restrictions?

Learner's Permit - Under 21 years old:

  • If a permit is issued to a person under 21 years of age that person must hold the permit for 6 months before applying for a road test and are prohibited from using a cellular phone while operating with a permit.
  • If a permit is issued to a person under 21 years of age, they must log 70 hours of driving and 10 of the hours must be done after dark.
  • If a permit expires, the person must take an exam for a new permit but will not be required to wait before applying for a road test. The restriction from using a cellular phone still applies.

Learner's Permit - Age 21 and Over:

  • If a permit is issued to a person 21 years of age and over, that person does not have to wait 6 months before applying for a road test, however, they are prohibited from using a cellular phone while operating with a permit.

License - Under 18 years of age:

If a license is issued to a person under the age of 18, that person will receive an "Intermediate License" which prohibits the licensee from the following:

A. Carrying passengers other than immediate family members (grandparent; stepgrandparent; parent; stepparent; spouse; child; stepchildren; brother; sister; stepbrother; stepsister) unless accompanied by a licensed operator who meets the requirements of section 1304, subsection 1, paragraph E. For the purpose of this paragraph, "immediate family member" includes the following when living with the immediate family:

  1. A foreign exchange student;
  2. A person who is under court-appointed guardianship of an immediate family member; and
  3. A child whose parent is deployed for military service and is under guardianship of an immediate family member as provided on a United States Department of Defense Armed Forces Family Care Plan, DA Form 5305 or its successor form.

For the purpose of this paragraph, "deployed for military service" means assigned to active military duty with the state military forces, as defined in Title 37-B, section 102, or the United States Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves, whether pursuant to orders of the Governor or the President of the United States, when the duty assignment is in a combat theater, in an area where armed conflict is taking place or in an area away from a person's normal duty station;

B. Operating a motor vehicle between the hours of 12 a.m. and 5 a.m.; or

C. Operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile telephone.