UPDATED: November 29, 2010
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Maine marriage laws require individuals to obtain a valid Maine marriage license before getting married in the state. Minors wishing to marry in Maine must also obtain parental consent and, in some cases, a court order. The specific requirements for obtaining a Maine marriage license are detailed below, including the documentation that previously married individuals must provide.
Maine Marriage Consent Laws
- With Parental Consent: 16 and 17 year-olds can marry in Maine but must obtain the written consent of their parents. Any minor under 16 must get the written consent of a judge in addition to written parental consent.
- Without Parental Consent: Adults 18 and older do not need any parental consent to marry in Maine.
Maine Common Law Marriage
The state of Maine does not recognize common law marriages.
Maine Marriage License
- Residency: No residency requirements, but Maine residents should apply in the town in which they reside.
- Tests: None.
- Identification Required: Photo identification such as a driver’s license, and social security number. Certified copies of a birth certificate may also be required; check with the municipality in which you intend to apply.
- Appearance/Proxy: Proxy marriage is not allowed in Maine. Both parties must appear at the time of application.
- Previous Marriages: Individuals who have been previously married must provide a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate as proof of the ending of the prior marriage.
- Length of License: 90 days from the time of issuance.
- Fees: $20.
- Copies: Marriage certificates must be purchased after the ceremony for a fee ranging from $7-$10.
- Authorized Maine Officiants: Judges, retired judges, lawyers admitted to state bar of Maine, a notaries public, and ordained ministers.