A Message from the Secretary of State

Dear Parent,

Congratulations! Your child has recently completed driver education and over the next several months, with guidance from you and other trusted adults, they will continue to develop the skills and habits necessary to be a safe driver and secure their driver’s license. This is a very exciting time in their life and possibly an anxious time in yours. By setting a good example, you can have a positive influence on the development of their proficiency.

This handbook is meant to be a tool to help you make efficient use of time spent on the road with your new driver. It offers tips, lessons and checklists for skills development and can also be a good refresher for you of proper driving skills. Using this manual in conjunction with the Maine Driver’s License Manual will provide you with a wealth of information. Of course, no manual can be a substitute for your engagement and the commitment of your child to succeed—that part is up to you.

It is also important for you to understand the requirements and restrictions of Maine’s Graduated Driver License (GDL) program. This phased license process is meant to help your child develop experience before being issued an unrestricted driver’s license. You will be the most important part of this program by setting reasonable limits and compelling your new driver to abide by them. State law requires suspension of a license if the conditions of the issuance of the license are not met; this is to impart awareness of the seriousness of the responsibility for safe operation of a vehicle by the driver for their safety and that of their passengers, as well as other motorists.

Remember, you’re not just teaching your child to drive, you’re teaching them a life skill that will help keep them safe and will stay with them for the rest of their life. We wish you and your child all the best in this exciting next step!

Take care,

Shenna Bellows

Secretary of State