Federal law requires that many people who apply for MaineCare prove both their
U.S. citizenship and their identity to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
This law is for both adults and children.
For most people, this will be pretty easy. If you are a citizen and have a Social Security Number,
then DHHS will check with Social Security to make sure that you are a citizen. You will not have to
give any other proof.
The law does NOT apply to everyone. The people who do
not have to show documents to prove their
citizenship and their identity are:
These people have already shown documents
proving their citizenship or their immigration status. They have also proven their identity to state or federal government
officials. These people do not have to do anything
different to get or keep MaineCare.
There are special rules for infants. If the
mother is on MaineCare at the time of the birth, then the newborns will
They will have until they are 1 year old to prove citizenship or
If the newborn’s mother was not on MaineCare at the time of the birth,
the newborn will have to prove citizenship and identity.
Without this proof, the baby will not get MaineCare.
First, make sure that DHHS sent the right information to Social Security. If that does not work,
then you will have to prove both your citizenship and your identity. To do this, show DHHS
original documents or certified copies. For example, get a certified copy of a birth certificate from
the town or state where you were born. See list below for some of the types
of documents that work for you.
Do I need to do this each year?
No. Once you have shown DHHS the documents that prove your citizenship and identity, you will not have to do it ever
again in Maine. Even if you stop getting MaineCare, but some time later you get MaineCare again, you
will not have to show these documents again.
Some documents you can use are:
- U.S. passport (this also proves identity)
- U.S. birth certificate
- Official military record of service that shows U.S. place of birth
- Adoption papers
- U.S. passport (this also proves citizenship)
- Driver's license or State ID
- Native American tribal document
- School ID card with photo
- U.S. military card or draft record
- School records (if age 17 and younger)
- Affidavit (if age 17 and younger)*
* Children who do not have a document to prove identity can have a parent fill out a form
called an affidavit. This will prove identity for that child (or children).
Get affidavit form for child age 15 or younger
Get affidavit form for teen age 16 and 17
This is not a full list of documents that will prove citizenship and identity. These are the most common
documents. You may have another document
that you can use.
Help with Getting Maine Birth Certificates
If you were born in Maine,
ask your DHHS eligibility specialist to see if they can check to see if there is a birth certificate for you at
Maine Vital Records.
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