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Getting married in Maine

IMPORTANT NOTE: Marriage laws and license requirements change continually, so please check the latest information with your local marriage license bureau office or county clerk's office before making your wedding or travel plans, and before inviting your guests.

Marriage licenses are issued at the town or city level. Both the bride and groom must visit the town office in person to apply for the marriage license. You may want to check your town's website for information.

Applicants are required to file a marriage license application, including an Intention of Marriage form and a Record of Social Security Numbers form.

If both of you are residents of the state of Maine, you should both apply at the town office where at least one of you is a resident. If you are residents of different Maine towns, you both may apply in one town or the other - you do not need to apply separately in each town.

If one is from out of state, then both of you should apply in the town where one holds residency.

If neither of you is a resident of Maine, then you may apply in any Maine town office. It need not be the same town where you plan to be married.

You may want to check with the municipal clerk where you are filing before-hand to find out what that municipality's policies are.

Who may apply for a marriage license

Applicants must be over 18 years old. Written parental consent is required for an applicant under 18. Written parental consent and written consent of a judge are required for an applicant under 16.

First cousins are required by law to obtain a certificate of genetic counseling by a physician.

ID requirements

Photo ID such as a driver's license, passport or state ID may be required.

Previous marriages

If this is not the first marriage for one of you, bring a certified copy (raised seal) of the divorce from or death certificate of the last spouse.

Blood tests and other tests

No blood test is required.

Marriage ceremonies and witnesses

The marriage license is completed by the officiant legally qualified to perform a marriage in Maine, and signed by two witnesses.

Officiants

The following individuals are authorized to perform marriages in Maine: Ordained ministers of the góspel; a person licensed to preach by an association of ministers, religious seminary or ecclesiastical body; judges or justices (residents of Maine only); lawyers admitted to the Maine Bar (residents of Maine only); Maine Notaries

Maine does not have Justices of the Peace. Out-of-state Notaries and Justices of the Peace cannot officiate weddings in Maine.

The officiant is required to file the license within 7 working days of the ceremony with the clerk where the license was issued.

Fees

The marriage license fee is $40.

Waiting period

There is no longer a Waiting Period from the time your marriage license is issued until your wedding can take place.

Validity of license

Your marriage license is valid for 90 days and can only be used within the State of Maine.

Copy of marriage certificate

Certified copies of the license are available at the office of the clerk where the intentions were filed. A fee of $15.00 plus $6.00 for each additional copy is required.

Or contact:

Office of Vital Statistics
State House Station #11
Augusta, ME 04333-0011
Phone: (207) 287-3184

For more information

http://www.maine.gov/portal/family/marriage.html

Here is a list of County Clerk offices in Maine:

Auburn City Offices
Auburn, ME
207.786.2421

Augusta City Clerk
Augusta, ME
207.626.2310

Bangor City Clerk
Bangor, ME
207.945.4400

Bath City Clerk
Bath, ME
207.443.8332

Belfast City Clerk
Belfast, ME
207.338.3370

Ellsworth City Clerk
Ellsworth, ME
207.667.2563

Farmington Town Clerk
Farmington, ME
207.778.6539

Fort Kent Town Office
Fort Kent, ME
207.834.3090

Houlton Town Adm
Houlton, ME
207.532.7111

Machias Town Clerk
Machias, ME
207.255.8683

Paris Town Clerk
South Paris, ME
207.734.2501

Portland City Clerk
Portland, ME
207.847.8300

Rockland City Clerk
Rockland, ME
207.594.0304

Skowhegan Town Clerk
Skowhegan, ME
207.474.6902

Wiscasset Town Clerk
Wiscasset, ME
207.882.8205

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