A Maine marriage license is required for a marriage to be solemnized in Maine.
Marriage licenses are valid for 90 days after the date upon which marriage intentions are filed. If both the bride and groom reside in separate municipalities within Maine, the license must be obtained at one of the towns of residence. If one is a Maine resident and one is not, the license will be obtained at the Maine town of residence. If both parties are non-residents of Maine, the license may be obtained at any municipal office. Marriages may take place in any town in Maine, regardless of where the license is granted.
Marriages may be performed by notaries public, ministers, religious officials, as well as members of the Maine Bar, in front of two witnesses.
The Steps to Marriage
- Fill out the Marriage Intentions forms
- Submit the forms to the Town Clerk. If there was a previous marriage, you must provide the Clerk with certified proof of how that marriage ended, i.e. certified divorce papers or a certified death certificate (These are required to be certified and have a raised seal). You must also provide the Clerk with identification and the $40.00 fee.
- The marriage license is generated with the exact information provided on the Marriage Intentions forms. Once the marriage license is prepared it will be checked carefully by the applicant for accuracy and signed by both parties.
- The Marriage Intentions forms must be submitted ahead of the license issue date in order to allow time to enter information into the database. Both parties must be present at the time the marriage license is issued.
- Within 7 days after the ceremony, the person performing the ceremony must return the license.. After this filing, you may obtain a certified marriage certificate for a fee of $15.00 for the first copy ($6.00 for each additional copy).