How to Renew a Driver’s License in Maine
Need to renew your Maine driver’s license? We have collected helpful information to assist you with the renewal process and make it easier and more convenient.
There are three ways to renew a driver’s license in Maine. You can either do it:
- Online application and Checklist download
- By mail, if eligible (read below for instructions)
- In person at your local DMV office.
Here is a checklist that you can use when you renew your license:
- Check the status of your License – ensure that your license is valid and unexpired. Have time to check your driving records as it would also help you find the status of your licensed.
- Renewal Notice- Maine residents gets renewal notice via mail 30 days in advance. The letter will state whether you can renew online or if you have to go in person.
Ways on How to Renew
This is applicable to Class C driver’s license holder (Non commercial). You can renew your licensed through the Rapid Renewal website. All you must do is have your Social Security number ready and a valid MasterCard or Visa for payments, and a printer connected to your computer.
You will be given a temporary license valid for 60 days and you must print it. The new license will be mailed and will arrive within two to three weeks.
Restrictions when using the BMV Rapid Renewal System
The BMV Rapid Renewal system is not available to everyone. You must have a digital license (Licensed that has a pink-highlighted and digital photo) If you do not have this yet, you cannot use Rapid Renewal.
- For ages 40 and up vision screenings are necessary at every second renewal.
- Suspended license can’t renew as well as an out-of-state license can’t renew online.
- CDL can’t renew online. You must stop by to a BMV office.
- Ages 23 years old and up are eligible to renew online
- Digital photo taken before you turn 23 can’t renew online as you need to take new photo.
- Change of name since your last renewal is not allowed to renew online.
Online Renewal –Temporarily Suspended
For the time being BMV has temporarily suspended online license renewal because of the passing of Public Law Chapter 648: An Act to Enhance State Credentials.
Under the Act, Mainers must “provide valid documentary evidence of legal presence in the United States.” The Act also includes a state residency requirement. Generally, both requirements are met through personal appearance of a certified birth certificate to the BMV. Other supporting documents might also convince this new requirement.
Licenses and other IDs will no longer be applicable after non-citizen’s visa, passport or other federally issued document expires.
Renew by Mail
To renew a driver’s license in Maine via mail:
1. Send a check or money order, the check or money order must be written out to Division of Motor Vehicles.
2. Include Proof of Social Security number
3. Photocopy of insurance card. The insurance card must show that there is liability coverage.
Note: If the driver is not the owner of the vehicle and does not have proof of insurance, then he or she will need to enclose a non-ownership of a motor vehicle affidavit along with the other documents.
Renewing Driver’s License in Person
Are you restricted from using Rapid Renewal or you don’t have a credit card? Another way to renew is by going to BMV in person.
Here are the things that you need to bring:
- Evidence of your Maine physical address.
- Documents that will prove you are US citizen or have legal presence.
- Confirmation of Social Security number if it doesn’t show on the file. If you don’t qualify for a Social Security number, provide a supporting document why you are not qualified.
- To pay renewal fee you can use Cash, check, Visa or Mastercard or money order
- Some may require to pass a vision test