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How to obtain a Marriage License?

A marriage license can be obtained from the municipal clerk at one of the resident towns’ of the couple.
Marriage License Instructions
 
Where do I obtain a Marriage License?
1.     If both the members of the couple are residents of the same Town, a marriage license must be obtained in the Town where both of them live. After obtaining a marriage license, the couple are free to marry anywhere within the State of Maine.
2.     If one person resides in one Town, and the other person in another, a marriage license may be obtained from either Town, but not both. Choose where it is most convenient to obtain a certified copy of the marriage at a later date. After obtaining a license, the couple are free to marry anywhere within the State of Maine.
3.     If one person resides in the State of Maine, and the other person outside the State, then a marriage license must be obtained in the Town where the Maine resident lives if they intend to be married in the State of Maine. After obtaining a marriage license, the couple are free to marry anywhere within the State of Maine.
4.     If both the members of the couple live outside the State of Maine, a marriage license can be obtained in any Town in the State of Maine. After obtaining a license, the couple are free to marry anywhere within the State of Maine. It is strongly suggested that the marriage license is obtained in the Town where the marriage will take place so that it will be easy to remember where to apply for a marriage certificate at a later date.
5.   Call the Municipal Clerk for an appoint to apply for the Marriage License It is highly recommended that you stop in and pick up the Marriage Intentions forms packet ahead of time to be prepared for your appointment to complete the Marriage License.  You may also obtain the Intentions of Marriage forms online at:  http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/public-health-systems/data-research/vital-records/forms/index.shtml
       Look for VS2-A State of Maine Intentions of Marriage in either Word or PDF, download, complete the form and deliver to the clerk's office either in person or by mail.
6.     When the Municipal Clerk completes the marriage license, the couple will be given the license along with a packet of information explaining to the person performing the ceremony how to fill out the ceremony section of the marriage license.
7.   The marriage license and informational sheets should be presented to the person performing the wedding ceremony (pastor, notary public, etc.). That person is responsible for filling out the ceremony section of the marriage license and obtaining two witness signatures. They are also responsible for mailing or deliver in hand, the marriage license back to the issuing Municipal Clerk within 7 days of the wedding ceremony. The couple is not permitted to submit the marriage license to the Municipal Clerk after the wedding ceremony.