Maine’s Secretary of State Selected to Serve on
Federal Negotiated Rulemaking Committee to
Develop National Standards for Licenses and ID Cards
Panel Created through the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004
AUGUSTA – Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has been selected to serve on the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee that is being established by the United States Department of Transportation to develop recommendations for national minimum standards for driver licenses and identification cards.
Section 7212 of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 requires the Secretary of Transportation to establish the Committee and put forth recommendations this year. The Committee is scheduled to convene for its first session in Washington on April 19th.
Secretary Dunlap will serve as the representative from the National Governors Association. He was recommended for appointment to the Committee by Governor John Baldacci. Senator Susan Collins, who played a central role in passage of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, also recommended Dunlap.
In making their recommendations, Governor Baldacci and Senator Collins indicated that Maine’s long history of successfully implementing motor vehicle laws and procedures would benefit the rulemaking process. They also noted that the State’s rural characteristics and its lengthy international border are considerations that make Maine’s participation in the rulemaking process advantageous.
"Secretary Dunlap will bring valuable information and insight to this rulemaking process," said Governor Baldacci. "His experience will be essential as this panel plays a central role in negotiations designed to enhance homeland security."
As Maine’s Secretary of State, Matthew Dunlap oversees the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Established in 1905, the Bureau is responsible for licensing drivers and issuing state identification cards. It also maintains driving records and carries out investigations related to a broad range of motor vehicle law. Additionally, the Bureau has responsibilities related to vehicle registration and ownership.
“It’s important that Maine’s interests and those of all state governments be represented in this rulemaking process. The results of this effort are expected to set the tone and direction for future policies and procedures related to the issuance of licenses and other personal identification credentials. States have been carrying out these responsibilities for many decades and have specialized expertise in this area,” Dunlap commented.
The Negotiated Rulemaking Committee is expected to conduct work sessions for at least four months in order to craft recommendations for enhancing the integrity and strengthening the security of driver licenses and identification cards.