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December 5, 2007
Contact: Don Cookson

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap Endorses Recommendation for Changes to Maine Driver License Laws

Dunlap says “time is right for residency requirement”  

Augusta — A report presented today to the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Transportation recommends Maine’s lawmakers create a residency requirement  for issuing Maine driver licenses. “We know there are legitimate concerns surrounding the lack of a residency requirement,” said Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, “and that’s why these recommendations are being made. I am convinced the Legislature will debate the issue fully and do what is right for the people of Maine.”

The report issued today, titled “Report of the Working Group Convened by the Secretary of State to Examine Laws Governing Eligibility and Documentation Requirements for Driver’s Licenses and Non-driver Identification Cards” resulted directly from legislation introduced last year by the Secretary of State’s office. “LD 812 called for creation of a residency requirement, as did another bill put forward by Representative William Browne”, Dunlap explained, continuing, “the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation did the right thing by resolving to review this issue before passing any law that could have had a negative impact on some people in Maine. This working group has made solid policy recommendations.”

“I am hopeful a residency requirement will assuage the concerns many have regarding illegal aliens procuring driver licenses,” Dunlap said. “Although it is not a magic bullet aimed at ceasing illegal immigration, a residency requirement would add another layer of security to an already rigorous license issuance process.”

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