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.
The couple must file their intentions at the municipal office in the town or city where at least one of them resides. The process may take up to one hour to complete. If time is a concern, please call ahead to make an appointment. The license is valid for 90 days in the State of Maine.
If neither the bride nor the groom 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.
The filing fee for a marriage license is $40. Certified copies of the marriage license may be obtained after the marriage has taken place and the license is filed with the clerk's office. 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.