This Step: Practice Driving
Practice Driving in Maine
Your instruction permit allows you to practice driving in preparation for the road test. All applicants younger than 21 must hold their permit for six months from the date of issue and follow these behind-the-wheel restrictions and requirements to get a Maine driver’s license.
A) Know Your Learner’s Permit Restrictions
- You must have your permit on you every time you get behind the wheel
- You must be accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 20 years old and has held a valid license for two years
- This accompanying operator must also be licensed to drive the same class of vehicle you are driving under his supervision
B) Get On the Road
Permit holders must clock a minimum of 35 hours behind the wheel with a licensed adult. This includes 5 hours of nighttime practice hours. Have any supervising drivers complete the driving log mentioned below with their name, age, license number, date, time and hours.
C) Get Proof of Practice Hours
Keep track of these hours as your parent, stepparent, legal guardian or spouse must certify your driving time on the driving log form issued by the Secretary of State. If you have neither a parent, stepparent, legal guardian or spouse to sign for you, get your employer to certify your driving time. At the bottom of this form, you’ll find the Road Test Application that you must complete and mail to the Secretary of State to get approved to take a road test. Once you’re approved, the state will mail you a road test request form.