Gov. LePage signs Real ID bill into law
AUGUSTA (WGME) -- Governor Paul R. LePage signed “An Act To Require State Compliance with Federal REAL ID Guidelines” Friday, which will place Maine in compliance with the federal REAL ID law.
“It is in the best interest of Mainers for state officials to unite in going forward with REAL ID implementation…” said Governor LePage. “As we work on this process, we have been reassured Maine will be extended a waiver to allow residents to continue using non-compliant ID cards beyond January 2018…”
For years, Maine has resisted enforcing standards because of cost and privacy concerns, making the state one of the last ones to comply with the new rules.
Maine was one of only four states that were not in compliance with REAL ID.
Those new rules include security enhancements to driver’s licenses.
This year, you need the new ID’s or a valid passport to get onto places like military bases.
LePage says Maine will be extended a waiver to allow residents to continue using non-compliant ID cards beyond January 2018 so Mainers will be able to board airplanes.
The law allows Mainers to "opt out" but those IDs won't be accepted by federal authorities.