REAL ID and ME

"Updated June 2019"

During the period of October 2018 through September 2020, the standard Maine credentials (driver's licenses and IDs) will be accepted as valid identification for federal purposes, such as entrance to federal facilities and boarding commercial aircraft.

 

At this time, the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles is working toward implementing the systems and procedures that will enable the issuance of Real ID licenses and IDs. This system must be in place by July 1, 2019, per Maine law. At that time, any person who desires a Real ID license or ID will be able to obtain one at their local BMV office. In addition to the standard license requirements, Real ID applicants must have their photograph taken and provide the following documentation, copies of which will remain on file with the BMV:

  • One document that establishes identity, date of birth, and proof of U.S. citizenship, lawful permanent residence, or Real ID Checklist icon linktemporary lawful status in the U.S.
  • One document to establish proof of Social Security Number or evidence of Social Security Number ineligibility. (Such as: A W-2 form with applicant's name and full SSN; Social Security Administration Form 1099 with applicant's name and full SSN; Non-Social Security Administration Form 1099 with applicant's name and full SSN; or pay stub with applicant's name and full SSN on it)
  • Two documents to establish proof of residence in the State of Maine, such as a utility bill, paycheck stub or mortgage statement (P.O. Box is not acceptable).

real id checklistThose who have a valid license or ID will not be required to renew it prior to its expiration date, unless they choose to do so because they desire/need a Real ID credential. Upon renewal, a person will have the option of getting a Real ID credential or opting out. Those who opt out will be issued a non-REAL ID license. Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, those with non-REAL ID licenses will need to produce a passport or other acceptable identity document for federal purposes that require identification, such as boarding commercial aircraft and accessing secure federal facilities.

 

REAL ID - What you need to know brochure

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, requires changes to state standards, procedures and requirements for the issuance of driver's licenses and identification cards in order to be accepted as identity documents by the federal government.

What is REAL ID?
The REAL ID Act is a federal law passed by Congress that establishes minimum federal standards for state issued driver's licenses and identification cards to be accepted for certain federal purposes, like entering a federal building or boarding a domestic commercial flight.
How long is Maine's current extension and what does that mean?
Maine's current extension is until October 10, 2018 and continues to allow Maine issued driver's licenses and identifications cards to be used to enter secure federal facilities and board domestic commercial flights until October 1, 2020.
What happens after October 1, 2020?
Beginning October 1, 2020, you will need a REAL-ID compliant driver's license, identification card or an acceptable alternative form of identification as approved by TSA https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification, to board domestic commercial flights or enter a federal facility without a secondary form of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) approved identification.
Can I board a plane with the driver's license or identification card I have now?
Yes. Current Maine issued driver's licenses and identification cards will remain acceptable as identification for boarding domestic commercial flights under the current extension until October 1, 2020.
Is a child required to have a REAL ID compliant driver's license or identification card when flying?
TSA does not currently require a child under the age of 18 to have a REAL ID compliant driver's license or identification card when flying with an adult who has a REAL ID compliant driver's license or identification card.
Why would I want a REAL ID compliant driver's license or identification card?
A REAL ID compliant driver's license or identification card, or other federally accepted forms of identification will be required to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building on or after October 1, 2020. Visit https://www.dhs.gov/real-id for more REAL ID information.
Do I have to get a REAL ID compliant driver's license or identification card?

No. A REAL ID compliant driver's license or identification card is a choice, not a requirement. You do not need a REAL ID compliant driver's license or identification card to do any of the following:

    • Drive
    • Vote or register to vote
    • Apply for or receive federal benefits
    • Cash checks
    • Rent a vehicle
    • Enter a federal facility that does not require an ID such as a post office
    • Purchase alcohol or tobacco
    • Access health services
What is the difference between a REAL ID compliant and a non-compliant driver's license or identification card?
  • Appearance - A REAL ID compliant driver's license and identification card will be marked with a gold star symbol on the face of the card. A non-compliant driver's license or identification card will not have the gold star and will have text indicating that is cannot be used for Federal purposes.

  • Usage - After October 1, 2020, a non-compliant driver's license or identification card will not be accepted for federal identification purposes such as domestic air travel or access to certain federal facilities.

Will a non-REAL ID compliant driver's license or identification card be less secure?
No. Maine BMV is committed to ensuring the security of all driver's licenses and identification cards whether they are REAL ID compliant or not.
Can I have both a REAL ID compliant driver's license and identification card?
No. REAL ID regulations specify that an individual can only have one REAL ID compliant credential - either a driver's license or identification card.
When can I get a REAL ID compliant driver's license or identification card?
REAL ID compliant driver's licenses and identification cards will be available beginning July 1, 2019.
Where do I go to get a REAL ID compliant driver's license or identification card?
Beginning July 1, 2019, your initial application for a REAL ID compliant driver's license or identification card must be done in person at a BMV branch office or mobile unit. You will not be able to obtain a REAL ID online or a AAA office.
What documents will I need to provide to obtain a REAL ID compliant driver's license or identification card?

When you apply for a REAL ID compliant driver's license or identification card after July 1, 2019, you will need to present:

  • One document that establishes identity, date of birth, and proof of U.S. citizenship, lawful permanent residence, or temporary lawful status in the U.S.
  • Proof of Social Security Number or evidence of Social Security Number ineligibility.
  • Two documents to establish proof of residence in the State of Maine, such as a utility bill and mortgage statement (P.O. Box is not acceptable).

Only original documents, or documents certified by the issuing agency will be accepted.

Will copies of the documents provided be retained?
Yes. The documents will be verified, scanned and the images retained. You will not need to provide these documents again unless changes are made to personally identifiable information (e.g. name change due to marriage, divorce, etc. or change of social security number).
How much will a REAL ID compliant driver's license or identification card cost?
  • Non-commercial license, original or renewal (under 65 years of age) - $55.00
  • Non-commercial license, original or renewal (65 and older) - $41.00
  • Commercial license, original or renewal (under 65 years of age) - $59.00
  • Commercial license, original or renewal (65 and older) - $48.00
  • Identification card, original or renewal - $30.00
  • All duplicate licenses or duplicate identification cards - $30.00
What if my name has changed?
If the name on your proof of identity document is different than your current name, you must bring proof of that legal change. For example, a marriage certificate, divorce decree, court order, naturalization certificate.
What if I plan to travel to Canada by car?

U.S. and Canadian ports of entry are aware of the State of Maine’s REAL ID waiver and will accept regular, valid Maine license and ID cards for identification purposes at the border, until October 1, 2020. At that time, a regular Maine license or ID will no longer be accepted as a valid form of photo identification.
For U.S. citizens to enter Canada from the U.S. by car, and re-enter the U.S., a REAL ID license or identification card may not be sufficient on its own. You will need to show proof of U.S. citizenship as well as photo identification, contact Customs and Border Patrol for additional information:

  • Valid U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport card
  • Birth certificate with a valid, government-issued photo ID
  • Certificate of naturalization
  • U.S. certification of citizenship with a photo ID
  • Permanent resident (green) card
  • Enhanced ID/license (Note: Maine’s Real ID-compliant credential is NOT an enhanced ID or license. Travelers presenting a Real ID-compliant driver’s license or State identification card are still required to also present proof of citizenship, such as the documents listed above.)
  • FastPass
  • NEXUS card