Saturday, March 22, 2008

REAL ID and Maine

Maine is one of the few states refusing to comply with the Department of Homeland Security's implementation of the federal REAL ID Act. In 2007 the Maine legislature adopted a law prohibiting the state from participating. Maine can apply for an time extension to the compliance of the deadline but refuses to. Non-compliance or not seeking an extension will force many travelers to board aircraft with their passport as the Maine state driver's license will not be recognized for identification purposes. See a recent news article on this topic - "Maine's secretary of state says Feds are hanging touch on deadline for implementing REAL ID law", Kennebec Journal, March 22, 2008. Click here for more information about how the REAL ID Act affects Maine.

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