will adopt three changes in Maine's licensing processes:

Maine will enter into an agreement with USCIS and utilize the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program to verify DHS documents presented by non-citizens. Maine will set the term for any license that it issues to lawfully present non-citizens so that the term expires when the alien's legal status ends. Maine will commit to looking into the most cost-effective way to ensure that customers do not have more than one driver's license or identification card already issued by the state, such as facial recognition or similar technology.

Finally, Maine will begin capturing and maintaining photographs of each individual applying for a license or state identification card, even if no license is issued.

I expect the policy and programming changes to be enacted by Dec. 15, 2008. The change in photograph procedures will be accomplished within 60 days. I understand that, if these timelines are not met, the Department's extension of the May 11, 2008, deadline will come to an end.

I trust that these assurances are sufficient, and I appreciate the efforts that you and your staff have made to work with Maine in this matter.


John E. Baldacci Governor