Getting Married In Maine

Here are the basics.. Please click on the get more info tab to be directed 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 sign your marriage license on the day of your wedding.

Marriage licenses are issued at the town or city level. 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 marry in for information as to how to obtain your intent to marry applicaton.

 

  • 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.

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:

  • Maine Notaries

  • 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.

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