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    Who Needs ID?

    Not everyone has or needs a driver's license. Even though you never got a license, your license has been suspended, or you're too young to drive, you still need to show ID sometimes. In fact, showing state-issued photo ID is often the only way you can board an airplane, check into a hotel, cash a check, buy alcohol or tobacco, or enter a bar.

    If you don't drive but need official identification, you can apply to the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles for a nondriver's ID card. This card will function as an official Maine ID for buying liquor or other age-limited activities. Here's how to get one.

    Getting a Maine BMV ID Card

    Any person who is a Maine resident, or a nonresident with a mailing address in Maine, may apply for an official Maine BMV nondriver ID card at a BMV office. The fee is $5.

    To apply for a state ID card, you'll complete the Application for State of Maine Identification Card (Form MV-16).

    You need to have at least 2 documents to prove your identity (1 document must show your birth date, and the other must show your signature). The BMV provides a full list of accepted documents but some common examples include:

    • Driver's license.
    • Driver education card.
    • Social Security card.
    • Passport.
    • Birth certificate.
    • Military ID or dependent ID.
    • Citizenship papers.

    You will also need to show proof of legal presence in the U.S. and proof of residency.

    If your Social Security number is not on file with the SOS, you'll need to provide your SSN. If you don't have an SSN, provide an unexpired immigration document (e.g., and I-94).

    If your name has changed, provide proof of your name change, such as your marriage certificate.

    Once the documents are approved by the BMV clerk processing your application, you simply pay the fee and sit for a digital photo. You will have a temporary card issued that day, and a new card will be mailed to you within 3 weeks.

    Renewing Your ID Card

    In Maine, the State Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BVM) ID cards are valid for a period of 6 years. The renewal fee is $5 for all ID card holders.

    ID card renewals are available on-line through the state of Maine's Rapid Renewal System for card holders who purchased their last ID card when they were at least 23 years old.

    Card holders who purchased their last ID when they were younger than 23 years old must complete their renewal in person at the nearest BMV station.

    Replacing Your ID Card

    Does Maine have a digital photograph of you on record? If not, you'll need to visit a BMV office to have your photo retaken. Bring documents that prove identity from the state's list and the means to pay a $5 fee.

    If your photo is on file, you have the option of replacing your lost, damaged or stolen card online or by mail.

    • The Rapid Renewal System requires your Social Security number, a credit card, and a printer. The fee is still $5.
    • To replace your card by mail, send a letter stating that your original card is no longer in your possession. Include your name, date of birth, address, and a brief explanation of what happened to the card. Mail this, with your $5 fee, to:
    • Bureau of Motor Vehicles
    • License Information Unit
    • 29 State House Station
    • Augusta, ME 04333
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