AUGUSTA – Now that the state now offers Real IDs, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said Maine won’t grant federal agents open access to the state’s database.
Dunlap said the information in that database belongs to the individual citizen and the state government is the custodian of that information.
“If a law enforcement agency is looking for somebody and they want to see if a photograph is a match, we would absolutely provide them that information. We’re not hiding anything from anybody,” he said.
“However, they need to know what it is they’re looking for. We’re not going to let them go fishing through our data sets to see if they can possibly find somebody who might be a suspect,” he said.
Mainers can now obtain a driver’s license or identification card that is compliant with Real ID rules.
By October 2020, Real IDs will be required to gain access to any federal facilities, including airports.