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Teen Driver (Under 21 years of age)


When you obtain or renew your driver's license or non-driver identification card you will need to prove:

  • You are a Maine resident and
  • You are a US citizen or are in the country lawfully (legal presence)
  • If your social security number is not on file with the Secretary of State, you must provide your social security number. If you believe you are ineligible for a social security number, you must present an unexpired immigration document, such as an I-94, to help us determine your ineligibility.

To obtain a driver's license you must successfully complete a driver knowledge examination and vision screening. To be eligible for a driver knowledge examination and driver road test, you must provide proof of identity.

You must be at least 16 years of age and have completed an approved driver education course.  If you are 18 years of age or older you are not required to complete driver education. 

You must successfully complete a road test.  If you are under 21 years of age, you are required to complete 70 hours of practice driving, which must include 10 hours of night driving, and have held your instruction permit for at least six months.  The 70 hours of practice driving must begin after you have been issued an instruction permit.  You must be accompanied by a supervising driver who is at least 20 years old and has held a license for at least two years. 

The first license issued to a new applicant under 21 years of age is a juvenile provisional license for a period of two years. A license issued to a person under the age of 18 is 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.

A person must hold an intermediate license for 270 days from the date the license was originally issued before they can receive an unrestricted license. If someone is convicted of violating one of the three restrictions listed above, the license restrictions will be extended for an additional period of 270 days from the date of the infraction. The additional period of restriction may extend beyond the person's 18th birthday.

Additionally, you will receive an intermediate license suspension. The first violation of one of the three restrictions listed will result in a 60 day license suspension, a second violation is a 180 day suspension and a third or subsequent violation is a 1 year suspension.

If you are a juvenile provisional license holder and are within the first two years of your license, a conviction for any moving violation will result in the following suspension.

  • First violation - 30 day suspension
  • Second violation - 180 day suspension
  • Third and subsequent violation - 1 year suspension

Depending on the violation additional requirements may be imposed prior to a suspension being restored.

Parent's Supervised Driving Program