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The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles (Maine BMV), a division of the Secretary of State, is the government agency responsible for driving reports for the state, and they provide them upon request. The state strictly complies with the federal Drivers Privacy Protection Act of 1994 (DPPA) laws. The BMV works just like a Maine DMV in other states.

The BMV offers a 3-year record and a 10-year record for individuals and companies. These reports may be certified or non-certified. Certified copies cost a bit extra. The state allows people to order these reports online or obtain them through the mail. They can be used for background checks or insurance companies as well as law enforcement and other purposes.

The information contained will include personally identifiable information (PII) such as name, address, social security number, birth date, and driver's license number. If this information falls into the wrong hands, it could be used for identity theft or fraud. The reports will also include accidents, infractions, moving violations, points, license status, and any license revocations and suspensions. 

How to Request a State Driving History Report

The state makes it easy for users to obtain a copy of their driving history report. They have online services where a user can request a copy as long as they have the following information:

  • The License Number of an individual

Or:

  • The full name & date of birth of an individual
  • A valid credit card (Visa, MasterCard, and Discover)
  • A printer

They offer both a 3-year and a 10-year report. Each costs money, and for a certified driving record, the user must pay more.

Checks must be made payable to the Secretary of State.

Requestors may also order copies by mailing a written request to:

Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Driver License Services Division
29 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0029

The BMV can also fax copies to a user upon request. For questions or to request copies over the phone, call the BMV at 207-624-9000, ext., 52116.

ME Motor Vehicle Records Cost

A 3-year driving history report costs $50. The 10-year version is $10.00. Certification costs an extra $1, and faxed copies cost an additional $2. Payment may be made with credit card or money order (if by mail).

The state also offers conviction, accident reports, and suspensions/revocation details for an additional $5 upon request.

Driving Laws in the State

When moving to the state, drivers have 30 days to register their vehicle and switch their current address on their license over to the state. Anyone 15 years of age with parental permission may apply for a learner's permit. They can then begin driving with an adult in the car (20 or older). The permit is good for two years, and the person must take a written exam before obtaining one. They must also complete a driver's education program. Once they turn 16 and have had no citations, moving violations, or other driving issues, they can apply for their Maine driver's license.

Driving is a privilege in the state and is subject to revocation or suspension if the driver incurs driving offenses. Some driving violations that will result in revocation are:

  • Vehicular Manslaughter. Revocation for at least five years. If alcohol is involved, revocation is permanent
  • Habitual Offender. Revocation for at least one year

A few offenses that will result in suspension include:

  • Failure to file required insurance
  • Failure to appear in court for a traffic citation
  • Operating Under the Influence (O.U.I.)
  • Administrative License Suspension

Anyone committing the following crimes will lose their license for 90 days:

  • Failure to stop for a police officer
  • Leaving the scene of an accident (bodily injury)
  • Operating alone on a permit
  • Operating without a license (criminal offense)
  • Passing a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing
  • Speeding by 30 miles per hour or more over the speed limit
  • Altering a license or registration certificate
  • Loaning a license
  • Unlawful use of license
  • Displaying suspended license
  • Falsifying an application for registration or license
  • Giving false information to a police officer

The state uses a point system for driving violations. Some point designations for driving infractions are:

  • Driving Wrong Side - 6
  • Driving Wrong Way - 6
  • Exceeding Posted Speed by at Least 15 Miles Per Hour but Less Than 30 Miles Per Hour - 6
  • Illegal Transportation, Possession or Consumption of Liquor in a Motor Vehicle by a Minor - 6
  • Illegal Transportation of Drugs in a Motor Vehicle by a Minor - 6
  • Improper Passing - 6
  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident (Property Damage) - 6
  • Operating Beyond Restriction - 6
  • Operating With Improper License - 6
  • Operating Without Corrective Lenses - 6
  • Operating Left on Curve - 6
  • Other Improper Pass - 6
  • Pass Within 100 Feet of Intersection - 6
  • Pass on Curve or Hill - 6
  • Pass on Right - 6
  • Pass on Wrong Side - 6
  • Using False ID to Obtain Liquor - 6
  • Violation-Do Not Pass - 6
  • Violation of Instruction Permit - 6
  • Operating Motorcycle Beyond Restriction - 6
  • Exceeding Posted Speed by Less Than 15 Miles Per Hour - 4
  • Excessive Acceleration - 4
  • Failure to Keep Right - 4
  • Failure to Return to the Right - 4
  • Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle - 4
  • Failure to Yield, No Sign - 4
  • Failure to Yield to Pedestrian - 4
  • Failure to Yield, Sign - 4
  • Failure to Give Way to Other Vehicle - 4
  • Failure to Obey Stop Sign - 4
  • Failure to Stop at Red Light - 4
  • Failure to Yield Right of Way - 4
  • Imprudent Driving - 4
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle with Obstructed View - 4
  • Operating Without a License (traffic infraction) - 4
  • Red Light Violation - 4
  • Crossover Violation - 2
  • Displaying a Blue Light - 2
  • Displaying a Red Light - 2
  • Failure to Dim Headlights - 2
  • Failure to Signal - 2
  • Failure to Obey Traffic Island - 2
  • Failure to Reduce Speed on a Grade or Curve - 2
  • Follow Too Close - 2
  • Illegal Left Turn - 2
  • Illegal Right Turn - 2
  • Illegal U-Turn - 2
  • Impeding the Flow of Traffic - 2
  • Improper Turn - 2
  • Lane Conviction - 2
  • Littering - 2
  • Obstructing the Flow of Traffic - 2
  • Obstructing Traffic - 2
  • Operating Motor Vehicle Without Taillights - 2
  • Operating Without Lights - 2
  • Other Moving Violations - 2
  • Speed Under Posted Minimum - 2
  • Squealing Tires - 2
  • Trailer Without Lights - 2
  • Trucks Traveling Less Than 150 Feet Apart - 2

Different Types of Driving Reports in the State

The state of Maine offers two types of reports a 3-year and a 10-year. They can provide each one in a non-certified or certified version.

3-Year Driving Record (certified or non-certified)

The three-year record will contain personal information as well as accidents, moving violations, infractions, citations, convictions, arrest reports, driver's license status, points, and revocations and suspensions. Some violations may not be included, but the user can contact the BMV for information on those. This report costs $5 and another $1 for certification.

10-Year Driving Record (certified or non-certified)

The ten-year record will contain personal information as well as accidents, moving violations, infractions, citations, convictions, arrest reports, license status, points, and revocations and suspensions. Some violations may not be included, but the user can contact the BMV for information on those. This report costs $10 and another $1 for certification.

Criminal Driving Offenses

Criminal driving offenses in the state are serious violations that may result in jail time, steep fines, and other court-ordered punishments. Some examples would be:

  • Vehicular manslaughter
  • Eluding a police officer
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Habitual offender
  • DUI/DWI/OWI
  • Driving on a permit without a licensed driver in the vehicle
  • Loaning a license to someone else
  • Driving with a suspended, revoked, or illegitimate license
  • Passing a school bus when the lights are lit, and the sign is out
  • Giving false information to a police officer
  • Excessive speeding
  • Reckless driving

Civil Driving Offenses

Civil driving offenses are far less serious and usually involve either a warning or a ticket the driver will have to pay. Some common civil driving offenses in the state are:

  • Following too close
  • Improper lane change
  • Broken taillights
  • Squealing tires
  • Running a red light or stop sign
  • Failure to yield
  • Speeding (not excessively)
  • Parking in a no-parking zone

State Driving Records Statistics

The state suffers roughly 12,000 car crashes per year. Some other interesting driving facts for the state include:

  • For 2019 the state had 729 fatal car crashes
  • For 2019, the state saw 3,066 car crashes with injuries
  • Of those, 75.5% involved property damage
  • The state has over 1,000,000 licensed drivers
  • 30,000+ people die in the U.S. each year from fatal car crashes
  • In 2019, state residents totaled 15,100,687,305 miles of travel
  • Cumberland, Maine, had the highest rate of accidents with just about 25%
  • The number one reason for car crashes in the state was DWI or DUI for drugs or alcohol
  • The second reason was fatigue or someone falling asleep at the wheel

Driving Records Search Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions about state driving records.

Who Can Get a Copy of Your Driving Record?

Requests must follow DPPA laws and have a valid reason for getting a copy of your driving record. The punishments for violating these laws are harsh. You can easily get a copy of your own report and furnish it to your employer or someone else who requests it.

Can I Order a State Driver's License Records Online?

Yes. You can order them through the online system, or you can order one by mail. With either method, you can obtain a 3-year or 10-year report.

What Information Do I Need to Get a Report?

When requesting a copy of your or someone else's driving history, you will need the person's license number or:

  • The name & DOB of an individual
  • A valid credit card (Visa, Mastercard, and Discover)
  • A printer

What Laws Can I Refer to for DPPA?

According to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, "The federal Drivers Privacy Protection Act of 1994 restricts access to personal information, including address and social security number (title 18, United States Code, chapter 123)."

Is the System Available 24/7?

Yes. You can use the system anytime, there are no restrictions, and it is never shut down.

What are the License Status Codes Used in Reports:

Below are the license codes used:

  • A: Active
  • X: Pending Suspension
  • S: Suspended
  • C: Cancelled
  • I: Deceased
  • D: Deleted
  • R: Revoked
  • V: Voluntary Surrender

What are the Restriction Codes Used in Reports?

Below are the restriction codes used by the state:

  • B: Corrective lenses must be worn
  • C: Mechanical Aid
  • D: Prosthetic Aid
  • E: No Manual Transmission equipped CMV
  • F: Outside Mirrors
  • G: Limit to Daylight Only
  • H: Limited to Employment
  • I: Limited â€" other
  • 2: Driver Improvement
  • 3: Geographical
  • 4: Moped Only
  • 5: Motorcycle Operation Only
  • J: Other
  • 6: Conditional License
  • 7: Ignition Interlock
  • K: CDL Intrastate Only
  • L: No Air Brakes equipped CMV
  • M: No Class A passenger vehicle
  • N: No Class A and B passenger vehicle
  • O: No Tractor-Trailer CMV
  • P: No passengers in CMV bus
  • V: Medical Variance
  • W: Farm Waiver
  • X: No cargo in CMV tank vehicle
  • Z: No Full air brake equipped CMV

Helpful State Driving Record Links

Below are some helpful state driving record links.

Disclaimer: The materials presented here are for informational purposes only. The information is taken from state and local resources, and is current as of the most recent site update. Changes made by state and local departments and agencies after our latest update may render some information and fees outdated, and may cause links to break and forms to be unavailable. Infotracer strongly encourages you to visit the relevant state and local resources to ensure you have the most recent information.