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maine drivers license renewal - ME

Renew your Maine Drivers license. Prepare all your BMV info. There are two different manners in which you can renew your license in Maine. The following are your options: Online or In Person at a BMV branch or mobile unit. Every driver has the option of showing up in person to any bmv license branch. As a matter of fact, the option of renewing online is only valid if you meet all of the required conditions, which we will clearly highlight below. Your other alternative is to use our site and download your checklist. We’ll supply you with all of the necessary forms, rules, and steps. Please continue reading below to get started with your Maine license renewal.

Maine License Expiration Dates

The expiration date of your license expires on the date listed on your actual driver’s license. Typically, licenses are valid for six (6) years. However, in order to reduce wait times, the BMV has been varying expiration dates. Some drivers are now obtaining renewed licenses that are valid for four (4) years. Your expiration date will always fall on your date of birth.

Renewal Notice

You should receive a renewal notice/invitation via mail which will allow you to process your Maine renewal online. This will renewal will be sent forty five (45) days before the expiration of your drivers license. The BMV will mail the renewal notice to the address on file. Please make sure to update the BMV of any changes of address.

When To Renew

It’s best if you renew your driver’s license on, or before its expiration date. You can also prepare ahead of time, and apply for renewal 180 days or 6 months before its expiration date. It is against the law to drive with an expired license.

Renew Online

This is the quickest way in which to renew your license. In order to renew online in Maine, you must have a digital license and meet the following conditions:

  • Your Social Security Number is required.
  • The following drivers are required to have a vision exam in person at a BMV branch. You will not be allowed to renew online when these conditions are true:
    • This is your first renewal after reaching forty (40) years of age. Vision exams are mandatory in this case.
    • At every other renewal period after turning 40 years old. Vision exams are mandatory in this case.
    • You are sixty two (62) years of age or older. If so, vision exams are mandatory at every renewal.
    Note: The vision exam is administered for free at any BMV location. Or you can have your doctor perform the test and he must complete the Eye Examination form.
  • This service is not available for Maine commercial drivers licenses.
  • Your drivers license must currently be from the state of Maine. The address listed on the license cannot be from a mail drop, or P.O. Box, general delivery, or rural route.
  • Proof of Maine residency is required.
  • You have not changed your address.
  • You have not changed your name.
  • You do not wish to have your hair color and weight changed.
  • You must not have had any new medical conditions, or your current condition has changed. If so, you cannot renew online and you must have your doctor complete the Driver Medical Evaluation form.
  • You must have a credit card to pay the Cost of renewal. Fees are $30 for a 6 year license and $21 for drivers over 65 years of age (4 year license). Credit cards allowed are Visa, Discover, American Express and Master Card.

Your drivers license will be mailed and should arrive in approximately three (3) weeks.

If you meet all the above conditions, you can renew online HERE.

Renew by Mail

Maine does not allow renewing of your drivers license by mail. However, you can prepare ahead of time and download all the necessary forms and receive your checklist by signing up HERE.

Renewal for Military Drivers

Active military drivers have the added benefit of being able to renew your drivers license without paying a Fee. In order for this to be approved, your license must must include the ‘K’ endorsement. If you do not have this endorsement, you will be required to pay the cost of renewal. If you would like to add the endorsement, please contact the Maine BMV.

Renew In Person at a BMV Office or Mobile Unit

You can also walk into any BMV office to renew your license. The cost to renew will be $30 for a 6 year license and $21 for drivers over 65 years of age (4 year license). Click here for the latest FEES. You will need to do the following to renew in person:

  1. Find a local bmv license branch branch.
  2. Provide your Social Security Number.
  3. Bring your Identification documents (read below) and your current drivers license which will serve as identification. If you lost your license, you will need to show two (2) different pieces of ID (read below).
  4. You must pass a vision screening test if over forty (40) years of age and this is your first renewal, or at every other renewal if you are above 40, of every renewal if you are 62 or over.
  5. The vision exam can be done at no cost at the BMV office, or you can elect to have your own doctor perform the test.
  6. You cannot renew your license if it is currently in suspension.
  7. Pay the required cost for your license. Payment must be Cash, Check, Money Order, MasterCard, or Visa. See the most currents FEES here.
  8. You also have the option of registering to vote.


Your drivers license will be mailed and should arrive in approximately three (3) weeks.

Expired License

If your license is currently expired, you can be given a ticket for driving with an expired license. If it has been expired for more than five (5) years, your only option for renewal is go in person to a BMV branch. This is because you will need to retake both the written and driving exams.

Documents required to Renew In Person

  • One (1) document that shows proof of your name and physical address.
  • Legal Presence: One (1) document that shows proof of your U.S. citizenship, or if you are not a U.S. citizen, one (1) documents that shows proof of your U.S. legal status.


Other Driver License Topics in the State of Maine

  • New Driver's License
  • Renew Driver's License
  • Learner's Permit