Maine Marriage License Information

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The requirements for getting married in Maine are pretty basic. One difference is that Maine does not have Justices of the Peace, so in addition to the wedding officiants authorized in most states, lawyers admitted to the Maine Bar and Maine Notaries can perform marriages in Maine.

Please Note

It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

ID Requirement

If you are over 24 years of age, you will just need to show your driver's licenses. Otherwise, you need to provide your birth certificate or a passport. You also need to provide your Social Security numbers.

Residency Requirement

You do not have to be a resident of Maine, although residents need to apply in one of the towns in which they reside.

Previous Marriages

If previously married, you will need to show a certified copy (raised seal) of the divorce from or death certificate of the last spouse.

Covenant Marriage

Maine has no covenant marriage laws.

Waiting Period

No waiting period.

Fees

Approximately $30, cash only.

Other Tests

No other tests.

Proxy Marriage

You can not get married by proxy in Maine.

Common-Law Marriage

Maine does not recognize Common-Law Marriage

Cousin Marriage

First cousins can marry, only if they are over a certain age or cannot bear children, or if they get genetic counseling.

Same-Sex Marriages

Maine has allowed same-sex couples to get married since December 29, 2012.

Under 18

Those who are 16 or 17 years old will need parental consent. Anyone under the age of 16 needs written parental consent and the written approval of a judge.

Officiants

Any ordained ministers or clergymen who have been licensed by the secretary of State, as well as Maine notaries public and members of the Maine Bar.

Witnesses

You need two witnesses at your Maine wedding ceremony.

Miscellaneous

The Maine marriage license is valid for 90 days.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage

Vital Statistics
Office of Vital Statistics
State House Station #11
Augusta, ME 04333-0011
Phone: (207) 287-3184

Congratulations and much happiness as you begin your lifetime journey together!