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REAL ID Act Compliance in Maine
Last updated: March 2020

Introduction

The federal REAL ID Act of 2005 sets minimum standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards. In June 2007, Maine enacted PL 2007, c. 251, which prohibited the state from participating in a national identification card system. In 2017, the Legislature enacted PL 2017, c. 27, An Act To Require State Compliance with Federal REAL ID Guidelines. In 2019, the Legislature provided funding for several positions within the Bureau of Motor Vehicles for implementation and fulfilling the requirements of the REAL ID Act.

This legislative history includes proposed and enacted legislation related to Maine's compliance with the REAL ID Act as well as proposed and enacted legislation related to residency requirements for obtaining a Maine driver's license.
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Year LD Amendments Final
Disposition
Legislative Record
Debate & Remarks
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History
2007 SP 113

Joint Resolution Memorializing the President of the United States and the Congress of the United States to Repeal the Real ID Act of 2005
N/A Adopted in concurrence Senate, January 25, 2007
p. S-100-S-103
News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
2007 LD 8

An Act To Limit the Duration of a Legal Alien's Driver's License
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
2007 LD 84

An Act To Standardize Documentation Requirements for a Driver's License or Nondriver Identification Card
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
2007 LD 209

An Act To Require That a Person Be a Maine Resident in Order To Be Issued a Maine Driver's License
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
2007 LD 812

An Act To Amend the Driver's License Laws
Enacted with amendment:

H-99
Res. 2007, c. 24 No debate. Report:  Report of the Working Group Convened by the Secretary of State to Examine Laws Governing Eligibility and Documentation Requirements for Driver's Licenses and Non-Driver Identification Cards (Dec. 5, 2007)

Committee File:
  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
2007 LD 1138

An Act To Prohibit Maine from Participating in a National Identification Card System
Enacted with amendment:

H-304
PL 2007, c. 251 House, April 16, 2008
p. H-1626
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
2008 LD 2304

An Act To Require That a Person Be a Maine Resident in Order To Be Issued a Maine Driver's License
Enacted with amendments:

H-994
S-645
PL 2007, c. 659 House, April 11, 2008
p. H-1568-H-1570

House, April 14, 2008
p. H-1581-H-1582

House, April 14, 2008
p. H-1584

House, April 16, 2008
p. H-1624

Senate, April 16, 2008
p. S-2032-S-2033

House, April 17, 2008
p. H-1674
Report:  Report of the Working Group Convened by the Secretary of State to Examine Laws Governing Eligibility and Documentation Requirements for Driver's Licenses and Non-Driver Identification Cards (Dec. 5, 2007)

Committee File:
  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
2008 LD 2309

An Act To Enhance the Security of State Credentials
Enacted with amendments:

H-1020
H-1026
PL 2007, c. 648 House, April 16, 2008
p. H-1624-H-1637

House, April 16, 2008
p. H-1652-H-1656

House, April 17, 2008
p. H-1672-H-1678

Senate, April 17, 2008
p. S-2054-S-2058

Senate, April 17, 2008
p. S-2066-S-2070
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
2009 LD 1357

An Act To Protect the Privacy of Maine Residents under the Driver's License Laws
Enacted with amendments:

S-215
S-247
Veto sustained Senate, May 28, 2009
p. S-834-S-835

House, June 1, 2009
p. H-687-H-692

Senate, June 3, 2009
p. S-970-S-971
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
2011 LD 259

An Act To Limit the Duration of a Legal Alien's Driver's License
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
2011 LD 1068

An Act To Protect the Privacy of Maine Residents under the Driver's License Laws
Enacted with amendment:

H-177
PL 2011, c. 149 No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
2013 LD 1372

An Act To Prohibit the Requirement That Proof of Citizenship Be Submitted for Renewal of a Driver's License
Enacted with amendment:

H-179
PL 2013, c. 163 No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
2017 LD 306

An Act To Require State Compliance with Federal REAL ID Guidelines
Enacted with amendment:

S-17
PL 2017, c. 27 House, April 4, 2017
p. H-280

Senate, April 6, 2017
p. S-361-S-363

House, April 11, 2017
p. H-307-H-310

Senate, April 25, 2017
p. S-484
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
2017 LD 923

An Act To Establish an Enhanced Driver's License for Qualified Maine Residents To Facilitate Travel across Certain International Borders
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
2018 LD 1692

An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws
Enacted with amendment:

H-580
PL 2017, c. 327, §18 No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
2019 LD 1002

An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government...for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2019, June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2021
Enacted with amendment:

H-624
PL 2019, c. 415, §A-1 Not yet available. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. N/A