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May 7, 2009
Contact: Matthew Dunlap

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap Reminds Motorists of Requirements for Obtaining Driver Licenses and State ID Cards

Procedures to “enhance the security and acceptability of Maine credentials” apply to everyone

Augusta- To avoid multiple trips to state motor vehicle offices, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is reminding motorists who need license and ID services to come prepared.

Public Law Chapter 648, An Act to Enhance the Security of State Credentials, was passed during the first special session of the 123rd State Legislature. It requires all residents seeking to obtain or renew a Maine driver’s license or ID card to provide “valid documentary evidence of legal presence in the United States”. This requirement is in addition to the law that requires proof of residency.

According to Secretary Dunlap, “over 99% of Maine’s population is made up of U.S. citizens. The most common and straightforward way for those people to comply with the legal presence law is to simply show us their certified birth certificate, proving they were born in the United States. That one document satisfies the legal presence requirement, and there are many documents that can be used to satisfy the residency requirement. People will only have to provide proof of legal presence one time. Our computer system will capture this information and it will become a permanent part of a person’s record,” Dunlap explained.

A detailed list of documents that can be used to meet both the legal presence and residency requirement is available on the Secretary of State’s website at: “We are asking people to take a look at the list before visiting the BMV, to make sure they have what they need.”

For residents who need a certified copy of their birth certificate, information on how to obtain one can be found on the Maine CDC website at: