Longer Waits Expected at BMV Branches

Updated 6 years ago

Maine’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles warns that new identification requirements that take effect next month will mean longer lines for applicants seeking to obtain or renew licenses. The new rules that require applicants to prove they are U.S. citizens or are in the country legally were adopted in response to legislation enacted this year to avert a standoff between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Maine. As of Nov. 15, applicants will have to show up with proper identification, such as a passport or certified copy of a birth certificate. Deputy Secretary of State Cathie Curtis predicts that the new rules will prolong visits to BMV branch offices, causing stress for applicants and employees.


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