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Planning your Marriage in Maine

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weddingGENERAL INFORMATION

A marriage license gives a couple the legal authority to marry in the State of Maine. Licenses must be obtained from either of the parties' municipality of residence (assuming at least one party is a Maine resident), or from any municipality in Maine if neither party is a Maine resident. 

In Westbrook, marriage licenses are issued by appointment only. Please allow approximately 30 minutes to complete the application process. Licenses are issued between 8:30am - 4pm Monday through Friday. Please call our office at 207-591-8131 to schedule an appointment. Both parties must be present.  

AGE/PARENTAL CONSENT

A man or woman who has reached the age of 18 may marry without parental consent. If either applicant is under the age of 18 they must have consent from the parent(s) or legal guardian before the marriage license can be issued. The parent(s) or guardian may appear in person before the municipal clerk where the license was applied for and give consent, or they may give consent in writing before a notary public to be presented to the clerk. Also, when person(s) under the age of 16 years intend to marry, the municipal clerk must notify the Judge of Probate when marriage intentions are filed in their office. If no written consent from the judge has been received by the 30th day after the intentions are filed, consent shall be considered as received and the clerk may issue the license.

IF YOU HAVE BEEN MARRIED BEFORE

If either applicant has been married before and are divorced or widowed, a certified copy of documentation showing how the last marriage ended is required.

FILING INTENTIONS

To apply for a marriage license, a couple must file a Marriage Intentions Form. Both parties must sign the Intentions in front of either a notary or the Clerk of the municipality from which the marriage license is to be obtained. Residents of the State intending to be joined in marriage shall record notice of their Intentions with the Clerk of the municipality in which at least one of them resides. If only one party to the marriage resides in Maine and the other party resides outside the state of Maine, then both parties must file their Intentions at the municipal office in the town/city where the resident lives. If neither party are residents of Maine they may file their Intentions in any municipal office in the state.

Once the Intentions are filed, the Clerk will issue the marriage license. This document will contain the couples' information, and a blank section in which the ceremony information is to be written after the ceremony takes place. Once the license is issued, the couple is free to marry anywhere within the State.  

WAITING PERIOD

The State of Maine does not require a waiting period between the time your license is issued and the time the marriage ceremony is performed. You will receive your license immediately following the filing of your intentions, and may use it immediately.

COST & EXPIRATION DATE

The cost of a marriage license is $40.

After the Intentions have been filed and the marriage license has been issued, you are free to use the license immediately and have a wedding ceremony performed. The license must be used within 90 days from the date the intentions were filed.  

THE CEREMONY

After you obtain a marriage license, the marriage must be solemnized (i.e. a wedding ceremony must be performed). Click here for information on who may perform marriage ceremonies in Maine. 

Once the ceremony takes place, the marriage officiant is responsible for completing the blank ceremony section of the marriage license in black ink only. The State of Maine requires that at least two witnesses attend each ceremony (the marriage officiant cannot act as a witness). The witnesses and the marriage officiant must sign the marriage license. 

Once the license is completed, the marriage officiant is responsible for filing the license with the Clerk of the municipality from which the license was obtained. The marriage officiant is the only person authorized to return this license, and must do so within the seven days following the ceremony. The license may be returned in person or by mail.

HAVE YOUR MARRIAGE CEREMONY PERFORMED AT CITY HALL

The City Clerk and Deputy City Clerk perform marriage ceremonies at City Hall in their capacities as Notaries Public. Ceremonies are performed by appointment only and couples must provide their own witnesses. Please note that ceremonies are usually performed in a conference room at City Hall, and last about five minutes. The cost of having a marriage ceremony performed at City Hall is $50.  

CERTIFIED COPIES OF YOUR MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE

You may obtain a certified copy of your marriage certificate from the Clerk of the municipality where the license was issued, or by applying directly to the Maine State Division of Data, Research and Vital Statistics. Copies are available at a rate of $15 for the first copy, and $6 for each additional copy ordered during the same transaction. You may also order your marriage certificate online

In Westbrook, you may pre-order a copy of your marriage certificate (the legal proof that you are married, obtained after the wedding ceremony) at the time your marriage intentions are filed and the marriage license is obtained. The certificate would be mailed to you once the marriage officiant has returned the completed marriage license to the Clerk's Office after the ceremony.

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