Marriage Licenses

To obtain a license to be married in the State of Maine one must first record their intentions to marry with a municipal clerk.  If the bride and/or groom are residents of Maine they must file their intentions at the municipal office in which one of them resides.  If neither the bride nor groom is a resident of Maine they can file intentions in any municipally.  Both parties must sign the intentions, stating they are free to marry. If the bride and/or groom has been married before and is divorced or widowed, a certified copy of the documentation showing how the last marriage ended is required.  Once the intentions are filed and the license is issued the bride and groom are free to marry anywhere in the State.  There is no waiting period before the license can be issued.  The license can be issued the same day the intentions are recorded.  The process to record the intentions and to receive the license typically takes about 20 minutes.  The fee to obtain the marriage license is $40.00.  The marriage ceremony must take place within 90 days from the date the intentions are filed.  It is the responsibility of the person that performs the ceremony to return the completed license to the municipal clerk that issued it within 7 days.  Certified copies can then be obtained from the municipal clerk at a cost of $15.00 for one and $6.00 for each additional certified copy.

If you need additional information, contact a municipal clerk's office at 207-929-6171.