State Insurance Requirements
All registered or operated vehicles must be covered by liability insurance. The Minimum amounts of liability coverage required by the state of Maine are $50,000/$100,000 for injury/death and $25,000 for property damage. Commonly referred to as 50/100/25 coverage. Uninsured motorist bodily injury of $50/100 or combined single limit of $100,000 and a minimum of $2,000 for medical payments coverage is also required.
You are required to carry proof of insurance in your vehicle.
The list below constitute legal proof of insurance:
- A temporary insurance card issued by the insurer.
- A premium receipt or insurance binder issued by the motorist’s insurance agent.
- The current declarations page of a liability insurance policy.
- The actual liability insurance policy issued for the vehicle.
- A certificate of liability insurance policy issued by either the insurer or an authorized agent.
- A copy of the rental agreement when renting a motor vehicle which specifies the insurance coverage.
If a driver is cited by an officer for not providing proof of insurance, they must rectify their insurance immediately or face registration/license suspension.
DMV Point System
This state enlists a point system to monitor and penalize driving infractions. If a driver is convicted of traffic law violations, the driver will gain points on their drivers license. If those points reach a state specified amount, their license will be suspended for a predetermined period based on the amount of points gained. In Maine, points accumulated are erased from your record after a period of 1 year from the date convicted of the violation.
Below is a list of violations and their corresponding point values:
The following violations are worth 6 points:
- Driving Wrong Side
- Driving Wrong Way
- Exceeding Posted Speed by at Least 15 Miles Per Hour
But Less Than 30 Miles Per Hour
- Illegal Transportation Liquor – Minor
- Improper Passing
- Leaving Scene of an Accident (Property Damage)
- Operating Beyond Restriction
- Operating With Improper License
- Operating Without Corrective Lenses
- Operating Left on Curve
- Pass Within 100 Feet of Intersection
- Pass on Curve or Hill
- Pass on Right
- Pass Wrong Side
- Violation – Do Not Pass
- Violation of Instruction Permit
- Operating Motorcycle Beyond Restriction
The following are worth 4 points:
- Exceeding Posted Speed by Less Than 15 Miles Per Hour
- Excessive Acceleration
- Failure to Keep Right
- Failure to Return to the Right
- Fail to Yield to Emergency Vehicle
- Fail to Yield – No Sign
- Fail to Yield to Pedestrian
- Fail to Yield – Sign
- Fail to Give Way to Other Vehicle
- Fail to Obey Stop Sign
- Fail to Stop at Red Light
- Fail to Yield Right of Way
- Imprudent Driving
- Imprudent Speed
- Operating a Motor Vehicle With Obstructed View
- Operating Without a License (traffic infraction)
- Red Light Violation
The following are worth 2 points:
- Crossover Violation
- Displaying a Red Light
- Excessive Noise
- Failure to Dim Headlights
- Fail to Signal
- Fail to Obey Traffic Island
- Failure to Reduce Speed on a Grade or Curve
- Follow Too Close
- Illegal Left Turn
- Illegal Right Turn
- Illegal U-Turn
- Impeding the Flow of Traffic
- Improper Turn
- Lane Conviction
- Obstructing the Flow of Traffic
- Obstructing Traffic
- Operating Motor Vehicle Without Tail Lights
- Operating Without Lights
- Other Moving Violation
- Speed Under Posted Minimum
- Squealing Tires
- Trailer Without Lights
- Trucks Traveling Less Than 150 Feet Apart
The state of Maine will suspend the license of a driver that accumulates 12 or more points within a 1 year period for a duration of up to 15 days. If a driver has their license suspended 3 times within a 3 year period, an additional 120 days will be added to the third suspension.
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