Real ID

Maine has been given one final waiver for compliance with the federal Real ID act. The waiver expires in October of 2020.

Maine’s waiver for compliance with the Real ID Act runs out next month, and the state’s not ready, so it has applied for another two-year extension until October of 2020.

Maine has received formal notification that state driver’s licenses and identification cards will continue to be accepted for federal purposes through Oct. 10 of next year.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued an additional one-year waiver as Maine works to comply with the federal REAL ID law. Maine was one of a few states that had resisted compliance because of cost and privacy concerns.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The state of Maine says it has received a reprieve from national proof-of-identity standards as it works to comply with that law.
The Maine Secretary of State, in a release, says it has received a grace period from enforcement of the federal REAL ID Act until Jan. 22.
That means Mainers can use their IDs to board commercial aircraft. The state expects to receive more time to comply.

Ted S. Warren / Associated Press/file

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage has signed into law legislation aimed at bringing Maine into compliance with the federal Real ID program. 

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's decade-long resistance to a controversial federal identification law is drawing closer to an end following a vote in the House of Representatives Tuesday. The House voted 115-30 on a bill that would comply with the Real ID law, while also allowing Mainers to individually opt out.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Senate has voted 31-4 to endorse a bill that will make Maine comply with the federal Real ID law. 

The bill is designed to make Maine drivers' licenses align with the  federal identification law, which was passed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and established minimum security standards for state-issued identification cards.

Gov. Paul LePage pointed the finger at the Maine Legislature and secretary of state Thursday for Maine’s continued noncompliance with the federal REAL ID law. LePage says it’s preventing veterans in southern Maine from accessing certain VA services.

But the governor plans to veto a bill that would ensure veterans access to health care, while another bill that brings Maine into full compliance with REAL ID could land on his desk as early as next week.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A bill to make Maine comply with federal identification standards is gaining key committee support.
Two state senators want Republican President Donald Trump to issue an executive order repealing the standards, which they say jeopardize privacy.
The Legislature's Transportation Committee on Friday voted 12-1 in favor of an amended version of the bill.
The committee will now work on an amendment to allow Mainers to obtain licenses that don't comply with federal standards.

Legislators Want Trump to Repeal 'Draconian' ID Standards

Mar 16, 2017

AUGUSTA, Maine - Some Maine lawmakers want Republican President Donald Trump to issue an executive order repealing ID standards they say jeopardize privacy.

Democratic Sen. Shenna Bellows and Republican Sen. Eric Brakey say they're asking legislators nationwide to sign a letter requesting the order.

The federal Real ID Act of 2005 set security standards for driver's licenses and required the use of facial recognition technology and state retention of copies of documents like birth certificates.

Bellows said storing documents is a one-stop shop for identity theft.

In this photo taken April 6, 2016, a sign at the federal courthouse in Tacoma, Wash., is shown to inform visitors of the federal government's REAL ID act, which requires state driver's licenses and ID cards to have security enhancements.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file

A decade ago, the Maine legislature rejected a proposal to bring the state into compliance with the federal identification standards known as “Real ID.” Some now say its time that the state adopt Real ID for drivers licenses, because the feds are cracking down. But opponents cite privacy concerns.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A Maine-issued driver's license won't be enough to board a domestic flight next year without legislative action.
A public hearing is scheduled Tuesday for a bill that would have the state comply with federal requirements that have raised privacy concerns in past years. The state Secretary of State's office says compliance could cost at least $1 million to $3 million.
Maine passed a 2007 law barring compliance with a 2005 federal law that created security standards for driver's licenses.

What's Going on With Your Maine ID? Legislators Scramble

Feb 27, 2017

AUGUSTA, Maine - Mainers will be grounded next year if legislators don't update driver's licenses to comply with federal requirements.

A state-issued driver's license can no longer get you into military bases, nuclear power plants and other federal facilities. And starting next year, the IDs won't allow you to board commercial flights.

Airports would still accept passports, which cost $135 for first-time applicants.