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Maine Marriage License Requirements

Below is the information on what you need to bring with you, and what you need to know about the marriage laws before filling out the marriage license forms.

In order to get married, you need to apply and receive a marriage license. This is the document that allows you to officially be married under the law. Always check with your city's marriage bureau at your clerk of court's office to find out what your local rules are.

Licenses are usually not valid for more than 30 days so you'll typically need to apply for your marriage license within one month of your wedding ceremony. You need to submit your birth certificates, tax information, and other official documents.

When you apply for your license, you'll not only need a proof of identification and age, will need to provide any information about previous marriages, and will need to pay a nominal fee. You will also need to have a witness when you sign the application, so plan on bringing your maid of honor or best man with you. The bride will need to know what her married name will be before she signs the marriage certificate. You'll have to write that name on the application.

IMPORTANT: You are not officially married when you receive a marriage license. You need to have a justice of the peace or a religious clergyman sign the document. On your wedding day, you'll give your officiant your marriage license, then after the ceremony, he'll sign it and send it to the proper government agency for validation.

ID Requirement: Picture ID such as a driver's license. If application is mailed or faxed in, it must be witnessed by a Notary Public.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Maine.

Waiting Period: 3 days.

If Divorced: If divorced within the last 60 days, a certified copy of the divorce decree is needed.

Fees: Cash Only! $25

Other Tests: No tests

Under 18: Need certified copy of birth certificate, both parents must be present with identification, or if you have a legal guardian they must be present with a court order and identification.

Officiants: The minister, priest or rabbi of any church or congregation in the state may perform marriages. Ministers must provide marriage certificates to the couple married and report the marriage to the Marriage Commissioner.

Valid: License is valid for 90 days anywhere in Maine.
The license can only be used within the State of Maine.


IMPORTANT: State and county marriage license requirements can change so make sure you check with your local town clerk. This information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any plans.

Auburn City Offices 45 Spring St Auburn, ME 04210 207-786-2421
Augusta City Clerk 16 Cony St Augusta, ME 04330 207-626-2310
Bangor City Clerk 73 Harlow St Bangor, ME 04401 207-945-4400
Bath City Clerk 55 Front St Bath, ME 04530 207-443-8332
Belfast City Clerk 131 Church St Belfast, ME 04915 207-338-3370
Ellsworth City Clerk 60 State St Ellsworth, ME 04605 207-667-2563
Farmington Town Clerk 147 Main St Farmington, ME 04938 207-778-6539
Fort Kent Town Office 111 W Main St Fort Kent, ME 04743 207-834-3090
Houlton Town Adm 21 Water St Houlten, ME 04730 207-532-7111
Machias Town Clerk 70 Court St Machias, ME 04654 207-255-8683
Paris Town Clerk 33 Market Square South Paris, ME 04281 207-734-2501
Portland City Clerk 389 Congress St Portland, ME 04112 207-847-8300
Rockland City Clerk 143 Rankin St Rockland, ME 04841 207-594-0304
Skowhegan Town Clerk 90 Water St Skowhegan, ME 04976 207-474-6902
Wiscasset Town Clerk Bath Road Wiscasset, ME 04578 207-882-8205