The first step in filing for your marriage license is to have your marriage intentions recorded in writing. Both parties must sign the intentions in the presence of the Clerk or a Notary Public. Marriage Intention Form - both parties must be present for license issuance.
If you are both residents of Maine but live in separate towns/cities you may have your marriage intentions recorded by the Clerk in either town/city. If one is a Maine resident and one is not, you must file in the town/city of Maine resident. The fee is $40.00. If intended parties are both from another State or Country and wish to marry in Maine, they can file intentions in any town/city in Maine and may be married anywhere in the State of Maine.
If you have been married before and are divorced, you must show a true attested copy of the court's divorce decree, with an original signature and facsimile stamp of the judge or clerk of court which must be presented to the Clerk. An annulment decree is required if the last marriage ended in annulment. This should not be a church annulment but a civil decree. If your last spouse has died, you will need to show a certified copy of the death certificate for the deceased spouse.
After you have taken care of the preceding details, you may obtain your marriage license from the city or town clerk with whom you record your intentions. The license must be used within 90 days after the date the intentions were filed, and must be returned by the officant.
PLEASE NOTE - The process of filling out the intention form and obtaining your license may take 30-45 minutes.