How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in Maine?
Miles of sandy beaches and rocky coastline defines Maine as the heart of the northeast. Steeped in maritime history with miles of natural parklands, Maine offers a lovely blend of city life and coastal beauty. If you love lobster and lighthouses, Maine is the place for your New England wedding.
Rules and Regulations
You might want to take that trip down the aisle on Old Orchard Beach, but before you do, you need to follow Maine’s rules and regulations for getting married.
- You must be 18 years or older to apply for a marriage license.
- If you are under 18 years of age, you need parental or guardian’s consent.
- If you are 16 years or younger, you will need a court order to get married.
- You do not need a blood test or physical.
- You do not need to be a resident of Maine.
- Same-sex marriage is legal.
- Cousin marriage is legal in Maine.
- You will need two witnesses present at your wedding.
- If you have been married before you will need to bring your divorce decree, death certificate (widows) or annulment paperwork.
How to Apply
You need to apply together in person at any Municipal Clerk’s office to fill out a marriage in-tention application, to obtain your marriage license. If one of you resides in Maine, you must file in that town Municipal Clerk’s office. You will need to bring with you the following paper-work:
- A current, valid ID such as driver’s license, passport, or state ID with picture.
- $40 application fee payable in cash, at the time of application.
- Divorce decree, death certificate or annulment paperwork.
Waiting Period and Expiration
There is no waiting period for you to get married in Maine; you can marry the same day if you want. Your marriage license will be good for only 90 days then it will expire.
Who Can Officiate
Ordained ministers and licensed preachers along with judges, lawyers and notaries may offici-ate at your wedding. Your officiate is responsible for signing and filing your marriage license, within seven days in the city/town where you obtained it.
After the Wedding
If you wish to change your name, you will need to pick up a name change kit for your name change to be legal. You may request a copy of your marriage certificate after it has been filed and recorded from the Office of Vital Records in Maine.