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A Publication Featuring The Information Services Technology of Maine State Government
|Volume VIII, Issue 1||January/February 2005|
In early January, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) extended their on-line renewal service, Maine Marine Licensing, to include 15 additional marine license types. DMR now offers a total of 21 license types available for renewal at www.mainemarinelicensing.com.
Over 65% of marine harvesting licenses sold by DMR are now renewable instantly over the Internet. Along with its 8,000 lobster and crab harvesters, 4,300 more fishermen now have the convenience of renewing their licenses on-line. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the 2005 renewal period, which runs through December 31, 2005 for most licenses.
The Maine Department of Labor has launched a new on-line service for filing of initial claims for Unemployment Insurance Benefits.
Maine residents who have lost their jobs can now apply for unemployment 24 hours a day, seven days a week with the new Internet-based system. The site can be accessed from any computer connected to the Internet at www.file4ui.com or by visiting the Maine Department of Labor website at www.maine.gov/labor.
"This service makes the unemployment system more accessible and efficient for workers needing to file a claim," said Maine Labor Commissioner Laura Fortman. "Individuals can file from their home computers or by accessing public computers at the CareerCenter.
Nearly 2,000 on-line claims have been taken since December when the service was phased in. In order to use the service, an individual must have worked in Maine, or served in the military within the past 18 months, and have not filed a claim for unemployment benefits against another state within the past 12 months. Applicants will need to provide a Social Security number or Alien Registration number; the name, address and telephone number of each business they worked at during the past 18 months, and the jobs held and dates worked at each employer during that 18 month period. Claimants who wish to file initial claims by phone may access the Unemployment Claims Center at 1-800-593-7660 or TTY: 1-888-457-8884.
The web page adds to the list of interactive products available to job seekers and business on the Maine Department of Labor web site. Other on-line services for job seekers include labor market information and access to a national database of job postings. On-line services for employers include free job listings through the CareerCenter, labor market information, and free labor posters and publications.
Secretary of State Launches On-line Driving Record Service
In early December public motor vehicle driving records in Maine became available through a new on-line service offered by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles in cooperation with the Information Resource of Maine (InforME).
Public driving records requested through this new on-line service (http://www.informe.org/bmv/drc/) contain three years of driver history. The federal Drivers Privacy Protection Act of 1994 (DPPA) provides an important safeguard to ensure that only public information is released on a driving record. An individuals address and social security number are not public and are not released. The on-line service follows the same standards as the existing mail and fax services for driver records. All services adhere to the rules of DPPA to protect the privacy of Maines drivers while simultaneously providing access to public information.
The cost to purchase driver history records on-line is $7 per report. The on-line service costs the same as or, in some cases, less than a faxed report. To access any report, requestors will need to provide either the driver license number or the name and date of birth of the individual for whom the record is being requested. Payment may be made with a credit card.