MARRIAGE LICENSES: 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.
If both parties to a marriage reside in separate municipalities within the State of Maine, they are no longer required to file Notice of
Intentions in separate municipalities. "Residents of the State of Maine intending to be joined in marriage shall record notice of their
intentions in the office of the clerk of the municipality in which at least one of them resides".
If both parties to a marriage reside outside the State of Maine, they must file their Notice of Intentions in any municipal office. One the intentions are filed and the license is issued, the parties are free to marry anywhere within the State of Maine.
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 $40.00. 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 $15.00 for the first copy and $6.00 for each additional copy requested.