According to News Center Maine, Maine's Secretary of State is trying to clear up the confusion surrounding the Real ID that goes into effect here in Maine as of October 2020.

With less than a year to apply, let's break it down. According to

  • The federal government will require a Real ID for domestic air travel next year.
  • The Maine Dept. of Motor Vehicles is offering residents driver's licenses and Maine State ID cards that are Real ID compliant, with the gold state of Maine in the upper right hand corner.
  • You'll need the Real ID to buy alcohol, register to vote, rent or drive a vehicle, pick up a pharmacy prescription, conduct financial transactions, enter secure federal buildings and fly within the U.S.
  • Kids under 18 don't need to have a Real ID.

Here's what you'll need to bring to D.M.V. to get your Real ID:

  • A document, (like your Birth Certificate), showing your date of birth, proof of U.S. citizenship, lawful permanent residence or temporary lawful status in the U.S.
  • A document with your social security number on it, such as: social security card, W-2 with your name and full social security number on it, pay stub with your social security number on it
  • Two documents that prove your residence in Maine like a utility bill, mortgage statement or paycheck stub.

Go to for  more information about Maine's Real ID.


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