How to Get a Maine Driver’s License Reinstatement

The process for a Maine driver’s license reinstatement includes a fee of $50 to $100 plus additional requirements depending on the suspension.
Written by Sarah Williams
Edited by Pat Roache
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The fee to reinstate a
suspended driver’s license
in Maine is $50 to $100, though additional requirements may apply depending on the reason for your suspension. 
  • If your license is suspended or revoked by the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), you’ll have to complete any court requirements to regain your driving privileges.
  • You may have to retake your written knowledge and driving skills tests as part of your license reinstatement.
  • You may also have to file an SR-22 form through your
    car insurance
    provider to demonstrate financial responsibility according to Maine

Why you might need a license reinstatement in Maine

The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) issues driver’s license suspensions and revocations for various offenses, from failing to pay child support to
driving under the influence
What’s the difference:
  • A suspension means that your license was temporarily withdrawn by some formal action of the BMV or court. 
  • A revocation is a termination of your license that cannot be restored or renewed. The only way to reinstate a revoked license is through a new license application.  

How to get a license reinstatement in Maine

There are a number of ways to get a suspended Maine license reinstated, depending on the infraction that led to the suspension. Regardless you’ll need to pay reinstatement fees:
  • Standard license reinstatement fee: $50
  • Reinstatement fee after a DUI/OUI conviction: $100
Some of the additional requirements to get your Maine driver’s license back include:
  • Satisfying any court requirements
  • Submitting an SR-22 form or proof of insurance
  • Attending an alcohol education program
  • Retaking a driving knowledge and skills test
Your specific reinstatement fees and requirements will be listed on your suspension notice. If you need another copy, contact the records department at (207) 624-9345, extension 52100. 
How to pay: You can pay your Maine BMV reinstatement fees in person, over the phone, or by mail. You cannot pay online in Maine. 
Phone: (207) 624-9000
TTY: Maine relay 711
Mail: Bureau of Motor Vehicles 
Driver License Services Division
29 State House Station 
Augusta, ME 04333-0029

License reinstatement for traffic violations

Your license will be suspended for 30 days following any of these traffic violations:
  • Not stopping for the police
  • Fleeing the scene of an accident
  • Driving without a learner’s permit
  • Passing a stopped school bus
  • Driving more than 30 mph over the speed limit
  • Lending out your license
  • Giving false information to a police officer
  • Providing incorrect information on a license application 
After your 30-day suspension, the BMV will notify you that you have completed your suspension period. This notice will detail instructions for reinstating your license, including the required payment of a $50 fee.

License reinstatement for point suspensions

The state of Maine operates on a point system where drivers accumulate
points on their license
for each moving violation committed. Your license will be suspended if you get 12 or more points on your driving record. 
What to expect: Once you’ve completed your suspension period, the BMV will send you a notice with instructions on getting your license reinstated. This will include a $50 fee payable at a local BMV office or mailed to the same address as above.

License reinstatement for revocations

Having your license revoked is more serious than a simple suspension and carries harsher requirements than just paying a fee to the local DMV: 
  • Maine license revocations tend to last one to three years.
  • Drivers with revocations have to apply for a new license. 
Your license will automatically be revoked if you commit a crime while driving a motor vehicle, including: 
Not only will you lose your license for an extended period of time, but your insurance premiums will also go up dramatically. 

How to get a restricted license in Maine

A restricted license is solely for the purpose of necessary driving to places like:
  • Work
  • School
  • Medical appointments
What to do: To apply for a restricted license, you will need to complete
Work-Restricted Driver’s License Petition
(Form DI-28). In some cases, you will still need to satisfy your reinstatement requirements before you qualify for a restricted license. 
For more information, contact the Maine BMV:
  • Phone: (207) 624-9000 
  • TTY: Maine relay 711
Keep in mind: Not everyone is eligible for a restricted license, but depending on the circumstances of your suspension, you may be able to acquire one. 

What is an SR-22 certificate?

SR-22 insurance is required in Maine for at least three years after a serious traffic violation. This document verifies that you carry
Maine’s minimum required insurance
:
The cost to file an
SR-22 in Maine
ranges between $15 to $20 and may be required for the following offenses:
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Driving with a suspended license
  • Driving without a valid driver’s license
  • Numerous repeat violations
SR-22 impact: Unfortunately, an SR-22 usually comes with a 50% increase to your insurance premiums, and many drivers opt to switch providers. If you need help saving on your insurance costs, try using a comparison tool like the
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