History of Maine Motorcycle Laws


Effective Date Legislation
May 15, 2016 Completion of a hands-on Basic RiderCourse required to obtain motorcycle license.
May 15, 2016 Maine Motorcycle Safety Education Course (8-hour classroom only course) no longer accepted as a motorcycle safety course in Maine.
June 1999 Waiver of the road examination for the holder of a valid motor vehicle operator’s license on receipt of a certificate demonstrating successful completion of the Motorcycle Rider Course: Riding and Street Skills; now known as the Basic RiderCourse (BRC).
April 3, 1992 Motorcycle Operator Education Required for All Persons Applying for a Motorcycle Learner's Permit.
March 1, 1987 Motorcycle Operator Education Required for Persons Under 21, Prior to Permit or Permission.
September 23, 1983 Helmets Required for All Persons Under 15 and for All Operators Under Learning Permit or First Year of Licensure and Passengers of First Year Operators.
July 3, 1980 Helmets Required for Persons Under 15.
October 24, 1977 Repeal of Requirement for Wearing Helmets.
June 28, 1974 Headlight on While Operating.
October 7, 1967 Requirement for Wearing Motorcycle Helmets.