Travel and Driving Information

For travel and road conditions, call 511 or 866-282-7578

Seat Belts

To keep our drivers and passengers safe, Maine requires seat belts for all ages – with special rules for children.

Distracted Driving

Texting and driving is illegal in Maine; with a minimum $250 fine.


Because we care about our children, Bangor was the first city in the U.S. to ban smoking in vehicles carrying passengers under the age of 18.
Most public places, including all restaurants and bars, are also smoke free.


– Legal drinking age in Maine is 21; Identification is required
– Hours of legal service are 6 am to 1 am
– Maine has a strict OUI policy that makes it a crime to operate a motor vehicle if your blood alcohol level is 0.08 or higher

Border Crossings

New passport regulations that were effective in June 2009 now require visitors crossing the U.S./Canadian border by land to have either a valid passport card or regular passport. If traveling by air or sea, visitors must possess a valid passport – the passport card is not valid for this type of travel. Please refer to the U.S. Passport Services Bureau for more information on border crossing policies: 1-877-4USAPPT or online at


U.S. Customs & Border Services

If you are planning to travel across Maine’s border into Canada, it is important that you bring along your passport.

U.S. Customs will provide you with a free brochure entitled “Traveling from U.S. to Canada and Returning”. It provides details about U.S. Customs rules and regulations. Canadian Customs will provide you with details about traveling from Canada to the U.S. and returning. You can get a copies or either brochure by writing or calling the respective customs offices below or by visiting the Official Canada Border Services Agency website or by visiting the U.S. Passport Services website.

U.S. Customs Service
1 Main Street
Calais, ME 04619

Customs Border Services
Regional Office
1809 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3K8