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Secretary of State Dunlap Advises Maine Residents of New Federal Standards
Maine’s Driver License and Identification Card will not be accepted for access into Restricted Areas
The Maine legislature and many Maine residents have voiced opposition to a number of the new standards, which include, in part, the use of facial recognition technology on driver’s licenses.
The federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is implementing REAL ID through a period of phased enforcement over the next several years. For the first two years of enforcement, REAL ID primarily affects persons seeking to access Federal facilities where identification is required to be presented. Maine residents may present alternative forms of identification – such as a U.S. Passport – to gain access into these facilities and some Federal agencies may have additional processes to accommodate individuals lacking the prescribed identification documents.
The phases of REAL ID enforcement are as follows:
Phase 3: Effective on January 19, 2015. Semi-restricted areas (i.e., areas available to the general public but subject to ID-based access control) for most Federal facilities (subject to limitations). Access to Federal facilities will continue to be allowed for purposes of applying for or receiving Federal benefits.
Phase 4: No sooner than 2016. Boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft. A driver’s license or identification card from a noncompliant state may only be used in conjunction with an acceptable second form of ID for boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft.
REAL ID does not apply to the following:
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