Be Wary of For-Profit Websites Claiming to Offer “Maine State” Services
Thursday, June 02, 2016 3:52 PM
Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap reminds all Maine residents to access state services only via the website www.maine.gov, which offers all state agencies’ online services. This web address should be typed directly into the browser URL address bar, at the very top of the window.
Any other website may have incorrect information, or it may direct users to pay for services that the state does not require, or for which the state does not in fact charge a fee.
For example, says Dunlap, “When people search for the Bureau of Motor Vehicles online, often what pops up in the search engine is a for-profit website that charges people to access services that we provide for free.… It’s not necessarily illegal, but it sure is misleading.”
State agencies’ online service provider is the Information Resource of Maine, or InforME, which manages the official State of Maine website. Online transactions via www.maine.gov direct users to Informe.org websites, which are legitimate.
For the Department of the Secretary of State, the website is www.maine.gov/sos. The department oversees the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Maine State Archives, and the Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions. The department offers many online services using the secure InforME portal, including replacement titles and oversize permits through the BMV; reprints of historical maps and photos through the Maine State Archives; and corporate filings through CEC.