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State Information on Real ID


"Has Government Gone Too Far? A Closer Look at Real ID," WABI, November 17, 2009. Online>

"Baldacci endorses Pass ID," Bangor Daily News, July 22, 2009. Online>

"REAL ID really unfair, onerous to immigrants," Bangor Daily News, June 4, 2009. Online>

"Maine Lawmakers Consider Real ID Repeal," Maine Public Broadcasting Network, May 1, 2009. Online>

"Maine bill seeks partial repeal of Real ID," Associated Press, May 1, 2009. Online>

"A Civil Liberties Debate Over Real ID Law," Maine Public Broadcasting Network, May 1, 2009. Online>

"An essential task for Congress: Fixing Real ID," Biddeford Journal Tribune, April 28, 2009. Online>

"Another round likely on Real ID Obama may be sympathetic to civil liberties complaints," Kennebec Journal, February 1, 2009. Online>

"Maine Group Questions Real ID Grant," Associated Press, June 24, 2008.  Online>

"Petitions Filed to Overturn Real ID Compliance Law," The Ellsworth American, May 8, 2008.  Online>

"Lawmakers: Funding for Real ID Program Short of Reality," Morning Sentinel, March 30, 2008.  Online>

"Repeal of New License Legislation Eyed," Boston Globe,  April 29, 2008.  Online>

"Legislature Begins Review of Real ID Bill," Portland Press Herald, April 10, 2008.  Online>

"A License to Protest,"Kennebec Journal, April 8, 2008.  Online>

"Governor’s Letter Raises Volume Of Real ID Debate," Associated Press, April 6, 2008.  Online>

"MCLU Seeks Data on Real ID,"  Portland Press Herald, April 3, 2008.  Online>

"Maine gets extension on Real ID compliance," Associated Press, April 3, 2008. Online>

"DHS Issues Maine Ultimatum on Real ID," Wired, April 1, 2008.  Online>

"States Challenge Homeland Security’s ID Deadline," NPR, Morning Edition, March 26, 2008. Online>

"Maine Asks Homeland Security for More Time on Secure Licenses," Boston Globe, March 25, 2008.  Online>

"3 Governors Hold Out on Federal ID Law,"  Associated Press, March 20, 2008.  Online>

"Snowe, Collins Join Other Senators in Asking for a Real ID Delay," Foster’s Daily Democratic, March 13, 2008.  Online>

"Maine Senators Praised for Position on Real ID," Foster’s Daily Democratic, March 13, 2008.  Online>

"Maine Undecided About Real I.D. Extension," WCSH, March 5, 2008. Online>

"Collins Urges Real ID Act Extension," Bangor Daily News, March 1, 2008.  Online >

"Real ID, Real Problems," Bangor Daily News Editorial, January 15, 2008.  Online>

"Lawmakers, Officials Still Concerned Over Real ID,", January 13, 2008. Online> 

Maine Becomes First State to Reject Participation in Real ID

On January 25, Maine became the first state to reject participation in the Real ID national identity card scheme, despite a supposed threat that the state’s Driver’s Licenses would no longer be recognized by the federal government for a variety of purposes including boarding an airplane and entering federal courthouses. Acivity in other states suggests that Maine’s action will be just the first in a cascade of state refusals.

The resolution passed unanimously in the State Senate (34-0), and nearly unanimously in the State House of Representatives (137-4).

Ever since Real ID was rammed through Congress over 18 Months ago, the big question has been whether any states would take the leap and opt out of Real ID.  Now a state has done that, and it may well throw the whole scheme into crisis.

Maine resolution against Real ID.
National ACLU press release on Maine’s action
Associated Press, "Maine Lawmakers Take Stand Against Real ID Act"  Online >
Los Angeles Times, "Maine Lawmakers reject national identification," Online>
Reuters, "Maine revolts against digital U.S. ID card," Online >
Declan McCullagh, "Maine rejects Real ID," CNET  Online >
UPI, "Maine Lawmakers reject Real ID," Online >

"MCLU Applauds Rejection of Real ID Funding Amendment," Maine Civil Liberties Union Press Release, July 27, 2007.  Online >

"Real ID Critics Blast Collins," Portland Press Herald, July 26, 2007.  Online >

"AG Rowe: Real ID Won’t Work," LegalNewsLine, March 7, 2007.  Online >

"A Brief History of Real ID," Kennebec Journal, March 7, 2007.  Online >

Francis X. Quinn, "Allen Touts Measure to Replace Real ID Law," February 20, 2007.  Online >

Matthew Dunlap, "Real ID Won’t Protect Us," Bangor Daily News, February 16, 2007.  Online >

Sally Dobres, "Maine Rejection of Real ID Pushes Back 109th Congress," Bangor Daily News, February 12, 2007.  Online >

"Real ID Law Bad for States and Individuals," Portland Press Herald Editorial, January 30, 2007.  Online >

Michael Martinez, "Maine Leads Charge Against National ID Standards," National Journal, January 19, 2007.  
State lawmakers in Maine might not be willing to wait on the federal government to issue pending standards for state compliance with a contentious law mandating nationwide rules for identification cards. Some of them already have seen enough of the so-called REAL ID Act that imposed the mandate.
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George Smith, "The Latest Threat to Freedom is a National ID Program," Kennebec Journal, January 17, 2007.  Online >

"Real ID: Real Problems," Bangor Daily News Editorial, May 19, 2006.  Archived article (available for purchase) >

"Realities of Real ID Could Spell Trouble," Bangor Daily News, May 15, 2006.  Online >

National survey of motor vehicles administrators uncovers deep concern over Real ID across the nation.  Maine officials’ response to the survey is available here.

"Documents Show Maine BMV Pessimistic on Driver’s License Law," The (New Gloucester) Monument, January 19, 2006.  Online >


LD 1138, an act to prohibit Maine from participating in a national identification system.

Maine January 25 passed a resolution declaring that it won’t join Real ID:  Maine resolution against Real ID.  


Maine Civil Liberties Union Testimony in favor of LD 1138.  PDF >
Maine officials’ response to national survey of DMV’s on problems posed by Real ID is available here


Watch this space for actions you can take to stop Real ID in Maine

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