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For Immediate Release
September 17, 2003
Contact: Chip Gavin

News Release

New "" license plate now on the road
State vehicle license plates drive home eGovernment message

AUGUSTA - Governor John E. Baldacci and Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky today unveiled a new license plate for state vehicles that features Maine's award-winning web portal:

"Maine is helping to lead the way with its award-winning eGovernment portal and services," said Governor Baldacci outside the State House at a 2 p.m. event at which the first of the new license plates was attached to a state vehicle. is the official portal of the State of Maine and is the internet gateway for businesses, citizens, visitors and others to interact electronically with state government. All official Maine state government web pages and services can be accessed from

"Growing numbers of Maine residents are getting on-line instead of in line," said Secretary of State Gwadosky, who oversees the Bureau of Motor Vehicles in Maine and is chair of the InforME Board of Directors, which helps to oversee the portal. The members of the InforME board met today, approved the state's newest online service - a new permit service through Inland Fisheries and Wildlife - and concluded their meeting with the license plate event.

The portal attracts approximately 4.5 million page hits per month, up from just 1 million per month in the year 2000. Online services include consumer products such as renewing a vehicle registration or checking the availability of a vanity license plate, business services such as annual report filings, recreational products such as fishing licenses, and much more. A list of services is available at:

"This license plate is a low-tech, commonsense initiative for a high-tech purpose," said Governor Baldacci.

"Citizens and businesses now can access hundreds of services on-line," said Secretary Gwadosky. "More and more people are using these services and I expect that number will keep growing."

The plate will gradually replace existing state vehicle plates in the coming years. The older plates - which say "Maine" across the top and "State" across the bottom - will be phased out as vehicles are retired from state service.