Obtaining Your Marriage License in Maine

One of the tasks on your to-do list can’t be overlooked-- that’s your marriage license. Here are some things to know if you’re getting married in Maine.

Some general information:

  • Marriage licenses are issued at the town or city level.
  • You need to visit town office in person to apply for a marriage license.
  • It can’t hurt to check your town’s website for hours and information.
  • Your marriage license is valid for 90 days only within the state of Maine.
  • The individual officiating your ceremony is responsible for filing the marriage certificate with the town office that issued the license.

 

If you’re both a Maine residents:

  • 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 (there’s no need to go to separate locations).

 

If only one of you is a Maine resident:

  • If one is from out of state, then both of you should apply in the town where one holds residency.

 

If you reside someplace else:

  • You can apply in any Maine town office.
  • It doesn’t need to be the town where you're getting married.

 

To obtain a marriage license, bring:

  • Photo ID such as a driver's license
  • If this is not the first marriage for one of you, bring a certified copy of the divorce from or death certificate of the last spouse
  • Applicants must be over 18 years old or have written parental consent

 

So make sure to squeeze in some time to get to your town's office for that marriage license.(Information found from: http://www.maine.gov/portal/residents/marriage.html)