How to Get a Motorcycle Driver’s License in Maine

Maine Motorcycle Driver’s License

Maine Motorcycle Driver's License

To drive a motorcycle in Maine, you need to get a specific motorcycle learner’s permit or motorcycle-endorsed driver’s license from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. All residents of the state who wanted to drive a motorcycle, motor scooter, moped, or a motorized scooter must pass the written and road test administered by the BMV to be able to get a motorcycle driver’s license.

Since anyone caught driving any motor-driven vehicle without a license or permit is subject to criminal prosecution, this article will teach you how to get a motorcycle driver’s license in Maine.

To apply for a motorcycle license you must first apply for an instruction permit at any BMV office in Maine.


Basic Requirements for the License

Applicants 18 years old and over must complete the following requirements:

  • Fill up the application form and submit the original copy at any BMV office.
  • Pass the vision test.
  • Submit proof of identification such as birth certificate and other acceptable form of identification.
  • Take and pass the written examination. For more information about the written exam, see practice tests.
  • Pay your fee. You can submit a $10.00 check or money order payable to the Secretary of State.

Aside from the requirements given above, new applicants between 15 and 18 must have completed an approved driver’s education course and must successfully complete a road test. Applicants who are under 21 years old must complete 35 hours of practice driving which include 5 hours of night driving. However, you must have held an instruction permit for at least six months and must be supervised by another person who is at least 20 years old and has held a motorcycle driver’s license for at least two years. Once you feel comfortable operating a motorcycle, the next step is to get the road test.

The first license issued to new applicants under the age of 21 is provisional for a period of two years. If a license is issued to a person under the age of 18, he will receive an intermediate license  which will not allow him to:

  • Carry passengers except immediate family unless accompanied by a licensed driver who is 20 years old and has a motorcycle driver’s license for two years and must occupy the seat beside the driver.
  • Operates a motor vehicle from 12 a.m to 5 a.m.
  • Using a cellular phone while operating a motor vehicle.

Moreover, a person you must hold an intermediate motorcycle driver’s license for 180 days from the date the license was issued before he can receive the unrestricted license. If you violate the one of the three restrictions given above, the license restrictions will be extended for another 180 days from the date of infraction.

If you are at least 21 years old, the first motorcycle driver’s license you will obtain is for a provisional period of one year. If you will be convicted of a moving violation that occurred while you are operating with a provisional license, your license will be suspended for 30 days.

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