If you are a Massachusetts resident who commits the crime of Operating Under the Influence of Liquor in the State of Maine, you will have to deal with both the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to get your driver’s license reinstated.
The State of Maine will suspend your right to operate of your BAC is at or above .08. Also, like Massachusetts, Maine will immediately suspend your right to drive if you refuse to submit to a chemical test. In Maine, Chemical Test Refusal Suspensions can last for up to six years. In Massachusetts, CTR suspensions can last a lifetime.
A Maine DUI arrest will likely result in a reciprocal suspension of your Massachusetts Driver’s License and a block in the National Driver Register (NDR). This indefinite NDR suspension can only be removed once you satisfy all requirements in both Maine and Massachusetts.
In addition to the indefinite NDR suspension, once the RMV learns of the Maine DUI conviction, your Mass. license will be automatically suspended for one year up to life here in Massachusetts. In many cases, I can get the MA suspension reduced or “deemed served.”
A first offense DUI conviction in Maine will result in a license suspension of 150 days, during which time you will not be eligible for any type of work or hardship license in Massachusetts. You can only be considered for hardship relief by the Mass. RMV when your right to drive has been reinstated in by the Maine DMV.
If you are convicted of DUI in Maine, you must attend and satisfactorily complete the Maine Driver Education and Evaluation Program (DEEP) as a condition of reinstatement. You must also pay all required fines and fees in full. It is imperative that you request and obtain “proof of completion” of this program.