June 23, 2011
Contact: Caitlin E. Chamberlain
(207) 441-0501

Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles Bracing For Significant Increase In License Renewals

AUGUSTA, Maine – The Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) is expecting a significant increase in driver’s license renewals beginning July 1.  License renewals are projected to nearly double, increasing from 128,170 (January 2010-June 2011) to 237,435 (July 2011-December 2012). 

With this is in mind, Secretary of State Charlie Summers would like to remind Maine drivers about the two documents needed to renew a drivers license at the BMV: one that verifies that you are a resident of Maine and one that proves your legal presence in the United States (as required by federal law). Acceptable documents are as follows:

Proof of Legal Presence in U.S.

For Citizens :
Birth Certificate (must be a certified copy)
U.S. Passport or Passport Card
Certificate of Naturalization
Certificate of U.S. Citizenship
United States Citizen Identification Card
Identification Card for Resident Citizen in the U.S.

For Non-Citizens:
Permanent Resident Card
Resident Alien Card
Arrival/Departure form 194 (stamped)
Employment Authorization Card



Proof of Residency in Maine

Maine License/State ID with physical address
Property Tax Bill
Property Deed
Maine Vehicle Registration
Maine Fishing/Hunting License
Concealed Weapons Permit
Vehicle Title
Marriage Certificate
Conditional Order of Restoration
Dept. of Health & Human Services Compliance
Utility Bill (cable TV, phone, satellite, etc.)
Lease (automobile, property, etc.)
Lien Agreement
Mortgage Agreement
Insurance Binder (card or policy)
Tax Return, W2
Paycheck Stub
Home Services contract (lawn care, painting, etc.)

Having the correct documents will ensure a smooth visit to the BMV with as little delay as possible. 

If a person has previously provided documentation proving residency in Maine and legal presence in the U.S. they may be able to save a trip to the BMV by renewing their driver’s license online at

For more information, please visit our website or call the Bureau of Motor Vehicles: (207) 624-9000.