New restrictions to get Maine driver’s license

Posted Nov. 14, 2008, at 9:44 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The second of two state laws adopted in April to tighten regulations for getting a driver’s license goes into effect Monday in Maine.

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is holding a news conference Friday to discuss the new requirement that people show they’re living in the U.S. legally to obtain or renew a license.

The law that tightens driver’s license requirements in Maine came about after negotiations between the governor’s office and the Department of Homeland Security.

The first part of the two parts went into effect in April requiring Mainers to show they’re a state resident. The second part, the so-called “legal presence” requirement, actually goes into effect Saturday but there are no Bureau of Motor Vehicle offices open on weekends.