New Restrictions in Effect for Maine Driver’s License Applicants

November 17, 2008

The second of two state laws adopted in April to tighten regulations for getting a driver’s license goes into effect today in Maine.

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap called a news conference Friday to raise awareness of the new requirement that people show they’re living in the U.S. legally to obtain or renew a license. For most residents, he says that will be a simple as showing a birth certificate.

The law that tightens driver’s license requirements in Maine came about after negotiations between the governor’s office and the Department of Homeland Security.

The first part went into effect in April requiring Mainers to prove they reside in the state with a tax form or utility bill. The second part actually goes into effect Saturday but there are no Bureau of Motor Vehicle offices open on weekends.

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