AUGUSTA — On Monday, Oct. 24, the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles will unveil an online appointment booking system for Mainers to schedule appointments at branch offices around the state.

Secretary of State Shenna Bellows, Deputy Secretary of State for BMV Cathie Curtis, other BMV leaders, and local legislators will host press conferences Monday to announce the new convenience for customers. Press conferences will be held in Augusta (11 a.m.) and Caribou (4 p.m.).

“Mainers lead busy lives, and for a variety of reasons, many people have limited time for errands like renewing their license,” Bellows said in a press release. “Launching appointments while maintaining walk-in options is a commonsense step forward to better serve our customers.”

Mainers will be able to schedule appointments online at a link that will be live on Monday. Each of the 13 branches across the state will have appointments available throughout each day. Mainers will be able to schedule appointments from one to 20 days ahead of time. Walk-in service will still be available as it is now to allow for flexibility for Mainers who prefer not to schedule ahead, or want to walk in.

BMV data shows that customer visits are up around 20% over previous years. In addition to scheduling appointments, many other BMV transactions are available online at maine.gov/sos/online_services/index.html.

Common online BMV transactions are vehicle registration renewals, driver license or state ID renewals or replacements, overlimits payments, vehicle title replacements, motor vehicle title lien releases, and driver license reinstatement fee payments.

Mainers must visit a branch in person to be issued a REAL ID-compliant license or State ID. The REAL ID-compliant credential is optional for Mainers. However, beginning May 3, 2023, those who have only a standard Maine license or State ID will not be able to use it as identification for federal purposes, such as boarding a commercial aircraft. On average, it takes 10 to 14 calendar days for an ID card or driver license to be mailed to a customer.