How to Get Married in Maine

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So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, Maine!

So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, Maine!

How to Get Married in Maine

Application, ID, and Residency Requirement: Marriage licenses are issued at the town or city level and the couple must visit the town office in person to apply for the marriage license:

  • If both of you are residents of the state of Maine, you should both apply at the town office where at least one of you is a resident. If you are residents of different Maine towns, you both may apply in one town or the other – you do not need to apply separately in each town.
  • If one is from out of state, then both of you should apply in the town where one holds residency.
  • If neither of you is a resident of Maine, then you may apply in any Maine town office. It need not be the same town where you plan to be married.

There is no longer a Waiting Period from the time your marriage license is issued until your wedding can take place. The requirements to obtain a marriage license are:

  • Photo ID (such as a driver's license) may be required.
  • If this is not the first marriage for one of you, bring a certified copy (raised seal) of the divorce from or death certificate of the last spouse.
  • No blood test is required.
  • You may want to check with the municipal clerk where you are filing beforehand to find out what that municipality's policies are.

Under 18: Applicants must be over 18 years old. Written parental consent is required for an applicant under 18. Written parental consent and written consent of a judge are required for an applicant under 16.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?: A marriage license costs $40 in Maine.

Officiants: The following individuals are authorized to perform marriages in Maine:

  • Ordained ministers of the gospel
  • A person licensed to preach by an association of ministers, religious seminary or ecclesiastical body
  • Judges or justices (residents of Maine only)
  • Lawyers admitted to the Maine Bar (residents of Maine only)
  • Maine Notaries

Maine does not have Justices of the Peace. Out-of-state Notaries and Justices of the Peace cannot officiate weddings in Maine.

The ceremony must be witnessed by at least two people other than the officiant, and signed by the couple, the officiant and witnesses. The officiant must return the marriage certificate to the town clerk within seven days of the ceremony.

Valid: Your marriage license is valid for 90 days and can only be used within the State of Maine.

Equality Rights: Same-sex marriage is legal in Maine.

Name Change: Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed.

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

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.

For more information, check your town's website.

How many of you are getting married in Maine?