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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.

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:

No.

Waiting Period:

No.

Fees:

Approximately $30 -- cash only.

Other Tests:

No other tests.

Proxy Marriage:

No.

Common Law Marriage:

No.

Cousin Marriage:

Yes.

Same Sex Marriages:

Yes. As of December 29, 2012, same-sex couples can get married in Maine.

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, along with 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!

PLEASE NOTE:

State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above 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 wedding or travel plans.

 

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