Mainers Encouraged to Use BMV Online Services – Knox County VillageSoup

Data from the Bureau of Motor Vehicle shows that customer visits per week increased by 22% during the summer of 2021. For the first week of August, there were 11,371 total customer visits in 2022. In 2021, the same week saw 7,954 customer visits.

“Summer is a busy time at BMV, and 2022 is busier than we’ve ever been,” said Secretary of State Shenna Bellows. “Mainers should be aware that many of the transactions they need to make are available online – and can be done at their convenience.”

BMV branches are located throughout the state and are open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for walk-in service. Online services are available 24 hours a day.

Common online BMV transactions are vehicle registration renewals; renewals or replacements of driving licenses or identity cards; exceeding payment limits; vehicle title replacements; and motor vehicle title lien releases. The most recent online transaction offered by the BMV is the payment of driver’s license reinstatement fees.

Mainers must visit a branch in person to obtain a REAL ID compliant license or ID card. REAL ID-compliant credentials are optional for Mainers. However, starting May 3, 2023, those who only have a standard Maine license or state ID card will not be able to use it as identification for federal purposes, such as boarding. in a commercial plane.

On average, it takes 10-14 calendar days for an ID card or diver license to be mailed to a customer. BMV therefore wants to ensure that Mainers submit their application well in advance of their planned travel dates. For more information about REAL ID in Maine, including a checklist of documents needed to obtain credentials, visit

Those who choose to retain a non-REAL ID-compliant Maine license or identification card can also find information about other forms of identification for federal purposes at Those who prefer to obtain a passport or passport card instead of a REAL ID-compliant Maine ID should expect processing times of 8-11 weeks for US passports.

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Veronica J. Snell