Maine was originally a state where driver's licenses weren't compliant with the REAL ID federal security requirements.

However, in April, Gov. Paul LePage signed a law that will bring the state into compliance, according to

The state was able to receive a waiver that is valid through October 2017 and can be renewed annually as long as "the state can demonstrate compliance," according to the statement.

According to the state:

During this waiver period, Maine credentials (driver’s licenses and IDs) will be accepted as valid identification for federal purposes, such as entrance to federal facilities.

Maine also expects to have a waiver by Jan. 22, 2018, the deadline for compliance, and will be working to enable the state to issue Real ID-compliant licenses during that time.


Granted, you could just as easily get a passport as well to use as your ID to get on a plane, and that could even mean you could take a trip outside of the U.S. if you feel like it.

According to the U.S. State Department, the next two months are the ideal time for applying for a passport. October and November have the least amount of passport applications. Plus, if you apply then, you're more likely to get your passport back earlier in the estimated return window, which is roughly 4-6 weeks.

Whatever form of ID you use, driver's license or passport, happy travels!

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