Marriage License

Updated 07/26/2022

Filing a Marriage License

The first step in filing a marriage license is to complete the marriage intentions worksheet. Both parties must sign the intentions, stating that they are free to marry, either in the Clerk’s office or before a Maine Notary. 

The couple must file their intentions paperwork at the municipal office in the town or city where at least one of them resides prior to any scheduled appointment. The process may take up to one hour to complete and an appointment is necessary.  To book an appointment, please call (207)866-2556. Once the marriage license is issued, it is valid for 90 days in the State of Maine.

If neither party is a resident of Maine, they can file their intentions in any municipality. Once the intentions are filed and the license is issued, the parties are free to marry anywhere within the State.

Issuing of Licenses

Maine no longer requires that marriage licenses be held in the clerk's office for three business days before they can be issued.

Marriage licenses are valid for 90 days after the intentions are filed.

Persons previously married must provide documentation showing how the last marriage ended. This may be a certified copy of a death certificate or a complete copy of a divorce decree signed by the judge.

Filing Fees

The filing fee for a marriage license is $40 and is due at the time of application. Certified copies of the marriage certificate may be obtained after the ceremony has taken place and the officiant has filed the license with the clerk's office, which may take 7-10 days. The fee for a certified copy is $15 for the first copy and $6 for each additional copy requested.
For Marriage License completion instructions, please click here.