Getting Married in Maine

How to Get a Marriage License

Marriage licenses are issued by cities and towns in Maine. The couple must visit the town office in person to apply for the marriage license.

  • 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.

Your marriage license is valid for 90 days and can only be used within the State of Maine. You do not have to worry about a waiting period to get married. So, if you want to get married the same day you apply for your license, then feel free to do so! Remember, the person performing the ceremony is responsible for filing the marriage certificate with the town office that issued the marriage license, so make sure it is convenient for that person.

 Requirements

To obtain a marriage license:

  • Photo ID such as a driver’s license may be required.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • No blood test is required.
  • You may want to check with the municipal clerk where you are filing before-hand to find out what that municipality’s policies are.

 Officiants

The following individuals are authorized to perform marriages in Maine:

  • Ordained ministers of the gospel
  • 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.

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