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Home > News > Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap Visits Main Street to Discuss New Driver License Requirements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 26, 2008
Contact: Don Cookson
626-8404

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap Visits Maine Street
to Discuss New Driver License Requirements

Augusta- Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap will be a familiar face over the coming days to channel surfers who get their TV programming from the Time Warner Cable Company. “I'm appearing on Time Warner's public affairs program Maine Street to help get the word out about new driver license requirements,” Dunlap said, noting, “Since Maine Street reaches literally hundreds of thousands of households statewide, it's a perfect forum for topics like this one. I'm hopeful my appearance on the program will alert some people who might not otherwise have known about these new requirements, so they can be prepared with everything they need when they head to the BMV to renew an existing license or to get a new one.”

The requirements Dunlap discusses on Maine Street call for people to provide documentary evidence of legal presence—meaning they are either U.S. citizens or foreign visitors who have permission from the federal government to be in this country. “For the vast majority of Mainers, providing a copy of their birth certificate will be sufficient to prove citizenship, assuming they were born in the U.S. ,” Dunlap said. “It's important to note, however, that proving legal presence isn't the only new requirement added to licensing laws this year. People also need to prove they are a Maine resident, so they need to bring documentation indicating their physical address as well.” A list of documents that can be used to prove state residency and legal presence is available on the Bureau of Motor Vehicles website here: http://www.maine.gov/sos/bmv/licenses/renewal.htm

“I'd like to thank Time Warner for providing us with this opportunity,” Dunlap said. “We're glad to have a program like Maine Street available to help get the word out, and consider the show to be a valuable public service. We've had good luck using this medium before, as prior appearances have always resulted in lots of positive feedback about the information being presented. I'm certain the show will reach a lot of people who otherwise may have been unaware of the changes to the law.”

Maine Street with Your Host Mike Edgecomb is carried in Maine communities serviced by Time Warner Cable. The show appears on the following cable channels:

  • Cable channel 9 Greater Augusta, Waterville , Lewiston , and Presque Isle locations
  • Cable channel 12 Greater Bangor Brewer, Down East locations
  • Cable channel 22 Greater Portland area

Airdates and times for Maine Street featuring Mike Edgecomb's interview with Secretary Dunlap are as follows:

  • Wednesday, November 26 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 27 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 28 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 30 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 2 11:30 a.m., 3:30p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 3 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 4 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, December 5 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 7 5:00 p.m.