How to Obtain Divorce Certificates in Maine?
Sometimes after a divorce, you need to obtain a copy of your divorce certificate to verify your name change, marital status, and identity. If your divorce was processed in Maine, you should follow the procedure below to get a copy.
Only certain people directly involved in the divorce or related family members can obtain a copy of your divorce certificate. Those who are authorized to get a copy are:
- Either party named in the divorce.
- Either parent of either party.
- Children or grandchildren of either party.
- A legal guardian of either party.
- Genealogists who are authorized to obtain a copy.
Maine’s Vital Records Office, part of the Division of Public Health Systems has been recording divorce records since 1892. They offer three ways to obtain a copy: in person, written request through the mail and online. No matter how you decide to request your copy, you must have the following information:
- Full names of both parties (including maiden names).
- The date of divorce.
- The city that the divorce occurred within.
- Your name, address, and a daytime phone number.
- A valid photo ID.
If you choose to pick up your copy in person, you can visit the office located at: Vital Records is located at 220 Capitol Street in Augusta, Maine during business hours M-F 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
If you order a copy through the mail, you will need to include a copy of your photo ID and also a self-addressed, stamped envelope for them to mail back your copy. Send your request to Vital Records - 11 State House Station, 220 Capitol Street, Augusta, ME 04333-0011.
If you want to order online, Maine has contracted with VitalChek.com to process orders online, and you can pay using a credit card. They also offer expedited service for an additional fee.
You can make your check or money order payable to "Treasurer - State of Maine" when paying the fees. There is a $15 fee for the first copy and $6 for each additional copy, payable at the time of the request and they do not accept credit cards.