Where do I obtain a Marriage License?
- If the bride and groom are residents of the same town, a marriage license must be obtained in the town where they both live. After obtaining a marriage license, the bride and groom are free to marry anywhere within the State of Maine.
- If the bride resides in one town, and the groom resides in another, a marriage license may be obtained from either town, but not both. Choose the town that will be the most convenient for you to obtain a certified copy of the marriage at a later date. After obtaining a license, the bride and groom are free to marry anywhere within the State of Maine.
- If one person resides in the State of Maine, and the other person outside the State, then a marriage license must be obtained in the town where the Maine resident lives if they intend to be married in the State of Maine. After obtaining a marriage license, the bride and groom are free to marry anywhere within the State of Maine.
- If both the bride and groom live outside the State of Maine, a marriage license can be obtained in any town in the State of Maine. After obtaining a license, the bride and groom are free to marry anywhere within the State of Maine. It is strongly suggested that the marriage license be obtained from the town where the marriage will take place so that it will be easy to remember where to apply for a marriage certificate at a later date.
Marriage License Instructions
When the Town Clerk completes the marriage license, the bride and groom will be given the license along with a paper explaining to the person performing the ceremony how to fill out the ceremony section of the marriage license. The marriage license and informational sheet should be presented to the person performing the wedding ceremony (pastor, notary public, etc.). That person is responsible for filling out the ceremony section of the marriage license and obtaining two witness signatures. They are also responsible for returning the marriage license back to the issuing Town Clerk within 7 days of the wedding ceremony. The bride and groom are not permitted to submit the marriage license to the Town Clerk after the wedding ceremony. To find a list of Maine Notaries click here.
Once the wedding ceremony is complete and the Town Clerk receives the marriage license back at the Town Office, the Town Clerk records the marriage and the license/certificate of marriage will be filed at the Town Office forever. After the license is recorded, the bride and groom may obtain a Certificate of Marriage from the Town Clerk.
The cost for a Certificate of Marriage is $15.00 for the first copy, and $6.00 for any additional copies of the same record purchased at the same time.
The Certificate of Marriage is needed for a name change on a driver's license, bank account, social security card, etc.
Please note that the Town Clerk does not automatically mail the certificate of marriage. It is the bride and groom's responsibility to appear before the Town Clerk to fill out an application and pay the fee to obtain the marriage certificate.
On July 12, 2010, a new law preventing fraudulent use of vital records went into effect. Maine's new law requires a person requesting a copy of records less than 100 years old to provide documentation establishing their direct and legitimate interest in the records.
Individuals who may access vital records less than 100 years old include:
- The person named on the record
- The person's spouse or registered domestic partner
- The parent(s) named on the record
- Descendants of the person named on the record
- Registrant's legal custodian, guardian, or conservator or respective authorized representative (includes attorney, physician, or funeral director)
- Genealogists who have a Maine CDC issued researcher identification card
Proof of identity must be presented to the Town Clerk. A brief application for securing a copy of the vital record must be filled out and presented, along with positive identification such as a driver's license, passport, or other government issued picture identification that clearly shows that the person requesting the record is who they say they are. Identification requirements apply whether the records are requested in person or by mail. More information on this issue may be found at http://www.mainepublichealth.gov/
In order to obtain a marriage certificate through the mail, the applicant needs to fill out a vital records search application and enclose a copy of proper identification and proof of lineage, if applicable. The application, along with the fee and a self-addressed, stamped envelope should be mailed to the Town Clerk at PO Box 127, Easton, ME 04740. The request will be processed the same day it is received.
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