Getting Married In Maine
Wether you are choosing to have an elopement, court house steps or city hall, back yard or Maine destination wedding, here are the basics.. Please click on the get more info tab below to be redirected to the
State of Maine website for laws and more information on obtaining your marriage license.
Please note that you will need two witnesses to who will attend your ceremony and sign your marriage license
on the day of your wedding.
Marriage licenses are issued from local towns or city municipal offices. The couple must visit the town office in person to apply for the marriage license**.
**Due to current COVID-19 rules and restrictions in Maine, couples may want to check the town's website you plan to apply in for information as to how to obtain your intent to marry/marriage license application.
Camp Wavus Wedding Hannah and Dave
photo by E Snyder Photography
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 to any Maine town office. It need not be the same town where you plan to be married.
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.
The following individuals are authorized to perform marriages in Maine:
Maine Notaries (no longer Justice of the Peace 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 does not have Justices of the Peace. Out-of-state notaries and Justices of the Peace cannot officiate weddings in Maine.