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For Immediate Release
December 3, 2004
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
207-626-8400

Secretary of State Launches Online Driving Record Service on Maine's Nationally Recognized Website

AUGUSTA, MAINE – Secretary of State Dan Gwadosky announced this week that public motor vehicle driving records in Maine are now available through a new online service offered by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles in cooperation with the Information Resource of Maine (InforME).

Public driving records requested through this new online service (www.informe.org/bmv/drc/) contain three years of driver history.  The federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act of 1994 (DPPA) provides an important safeguard to ensure that only public information, and not private information, is released on a driving record. An individual’s address and social security number are not public and are not released, for example.  The online service follows the same standards as the existing mail and fax services for driver records. All services adhere to the rules of DPPA to protect the privacy of Maine’s drivers while simultaneously providing access to public information.

“With this new system for checking driving records, the Department of the Secretary of State is once again expanding its substantial offering of online services available to the people of Maine,” Secretary Gwadosky commented. “The Bureau of Motor Vehicles now offers an online driver license renewal and replacement service, online vehicle registration renewals, and many other online services.”

The cost to purchase driver history records online is $7 per report. The online service costs the same or, in some cases, even less than a faxed report. To access any report, requestors will need to provide either the driver license number or the name and date of birth of the individual for whom the record is being requested.  Payment may be made with a credit card.

Maine’s Driver Record Check System is a service of the Department of the Secretary of State in partnership with InforME, the State of Maine’s private-sector partner and official web portal provider.  All online services and official State of Maine web pages can be accessed from the state portal: www.Maine.gov. The portal was named the No. 1 state web site in the nation in October, 2004.

Maine.gov is the official Web site of the state of Maine and a service of the Information Resource of Maine (InforME).  InforME is a collaborative effort between the state of Maine and New England Interactive, LLC. that helps Maine government entities Web-enable their information services.