Frequently asked questions from City of Biddeford

Can I apply for MaineCare?

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 Many families qualify for some level of free or low-cost MaineCare, even if they make up to than $50,397 per year for a household of four!  Unfortunately, some people can’t get MaineCare even if they have zero income.  You may qualify for MaineCare if you are a parent or childyoung adult, are elderly or disabled or fit into the new expansion category!  Don’t fit in one of those categories?  Call our HelpLine (1-800-965-7476) or check out our Guide to Maine Health Care for more information on your options. 

Can people who were denied in the past get MaineCare now?

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Yes, if:

See the MaineCare pages in the Guide to Maine Health Care for income guideline charts.

How long will my application take?

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 If it takes DHHS longer than 45 days, you should get temporary coverage until they decide. Call the HelpLine at 1-800-965-7476 if you want to learn more. 

Who can register and vote in Maine?

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To register to vote in Maine, you must be a United States citizen, at  least 16 years of age to pre-register to vote and have established a  fixed principal home in Maine. 

To vote in a Referendum or General Election, you must be registered in the community where you reside, and be at least 18  years of age. A 17 year old may vote in a Primary Election, if that  person will be 18 by the General Election.

How do I register to vote in the State of Maine?

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You  can register to vote by filling out a voter registration card at your town office or city hall, through any Motor Vehicle branch  office, in most state  & federal social service agencies, or at voter registration drives. You can also download and print a Maine voter  registration  application here. Please note that both sides of the card will print on one page. 

If  you cannot print the voter registration application, contact your town clerk  to have a voter registration card mailed to you. A printed version of  the voter  registration card, with your original signature, must be kept  on file by your  town clerk, so the card cannot be transmitted  electronically.

Please note that completed voter registration cards may be hand delivered or mailed to your town office or city hall.

Is there a deadline for registering to vote?

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There is no cut-off date for registering to vote in person at your town office or city hall. If you want to register to vote by mail or through a voter registration drive, the cut-off date is the close of business on the 21st day before the election.

What is the cost to license a dog?

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For an "altered" dog, the total cost is $7.00 for a new license or a license renewal. The total cost for an "unaltered" dog is $12 for a new license or license renewal. 

How do I register a service dog online?

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The online application process is unable to determine if a dog being registered is a service dog or not. To that end, the registration fee will be assessed for each dog registered online. If you do have a service dog, and want to register it online, you may do so but you will need to contact your town office so that they can verify the dog's service status and issue a refund for the registration fees assessed online. Please note, first-time service dog registrants will also need to contact the town office to obtain a service dog request form.

When do dogs need to be licensed?

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All dogs need to be licensed upon reaching the age of 6 months in the town where it resides. Or after the dog has been with the family for 10 days, if adopted.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

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The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

Where can I find more information about all the cases in the US?

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You can find a detailed map with the spread of the cases here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

What should I do if I am sick?

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If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

You can read more about what the CDC recommends here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

Where can I find the list of the public health testing facilities for COVID-19 in the US?

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You can find here a map that all includes states and territories with one or more laboratories that have successfully verified and are currently using COVID-19 diagnostic tests. 

What information is required to apply for Unemployment Insurance Claims in Maine?

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You will need the following information to apply for Unemployment Insurance in Maine:

  • Your Social Security Number (and Alien Registration Number if applicable);
  • The business name, address and telephone number of each place you worked during the past 18 months; and
  • The jobs you held and the dates you worked (for each employer).
  • Dependent Information: Social Security number (s) of children whom you’re the main support of.

Veterans who separated from the armed forces in the past 18 months will need to provide information from a DD-214. Federal civilian employees will need to provide information from a SF-8 or SF-50.

How much Unemployment Insurance Compensation can I Receive?

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The dollar amount you are qualified to receive each week is called your weekly benefit amount (WBA). It is based on your earnings during a set period prior to losing your job. The figure is calculated by dividing the average of your wages in the two highest quarters of your base period by 22. The maximum WBA is adjusted annually. 

How Long May I Receive Unemployment Benefits?

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The maximum amount of benefits you can receive as well as the length of time that you may receive benefits in Maine depends on your individual earnings, but is limited to a maximum of 26 weeks of regular unemployment benefits. Not all individuals qualify for all 26 weeks. Not all weeks need to be used consecutively, but must be used within the benefit year.

What is a Benefit Year?

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A benefit year is a period of 52 consecutive weeks; it begins with the week in which you file your initial application for benefits. Because a benefit year must be created for each claimant, the term is commonly used as shorthand for a person's unemployment "account." So, the term is used both to define the period during which you may be eligible to receive benefits and to describe the record you have established with the unemployment bureau to receive benefits..

What Kind of Employment is Not Covered for Unemployment Insurance in Maine?

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Almost all employers in the state are covered by the Maine unemployment compensation law; however, certain types of employment are not (for example, some non-profit entities or some agricultural employers). If a question arises during your initial claim as to whether your former employer was covered by unemployment law, the Unemployment Insurance (UI) office will research the issue for you and make a determination as to whether you are eligible to receive benefits.

Who can use the service to buy a fishing license online?

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Any Resident, Non-Resident or Canadian Sportsperson looking to hunt or fish in the State of Maine can use this online service provided that the person is not a convicted felon and has a previous hunter safety license or hunting license number. This online service is not available for individuals that need to obtain a Complimentary license, Lifetime license, Military license or those from countries other than the United States or Canada.

What information is required to get a fishing license online?

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You will need the following information to purchase a fishing license online in Maine: 

  • Licensee Personal information - name, date of birth, contact information)
  • Hunter Safety or Previous Hunting -  license number for individuals purchasing a hunting license
  • Credit or Debit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover)

How to Pay Parking Citation Online in the City of Biddeford?

You can access all the information on how to Pay Parking Citation Online here.

How to Pay Utility Bill Online in the City of Biddeford?

You can access all the information on how to Pay Utility Bill Online here.

How to Apply for Medicaid Online Online in the City of Biddeford?

You can access all the information on how to Apply for Medicaid Online Online here.

How to Register to Vote Online in the City of Biddeford?

You can access all the information on how to Register to Vote Online here.

How to Renew Pet License Online in the City of Biddeford?

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How to Corona COVID-19 Response Online in the City of Biddeford?

You can access all the information on how to Corona COVID-19 Response Online here.

How to Driver License Renewal Online in the City of Biddeford?

You can access all the information on how to Driver License Renewal Online here.

How to Apply for Unemployment Insurance Online in the City of Biddeford?

You can access all the information on how to Apply for Unemployment Insurance Online here.

How to Buy Fishing License Online in the City of Biddeford?

You can access all the information on how to Buy Fishing License Online here.

How to Pay for Traffic Citation Online in the City of Biddeford?

You can access all the information on how to Pay for Traffic Citation Online here.

How to Renew Vehicle Registration Online in the City of Biddeford?

You can access all the information on how to Renew Vehicle Registration Online here.

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