Where to apply:
Residents of the State of Maine
must record notice of their intentions to marry in the office of the clerk
of the municipality in which at least one of them resides. If only one of
the parties resides in Maine, the parties must record notice of their
intentions to marry in the office of the clerk of the municipality in
which the resident party resides. Once the intentions are filed and the
license is issued, the parties are free to marry anywhere within the State
of Maine. The license is valid for a period of 90 days from the date the
intentions are filed.
must file their intentions to marry in any municipal office. Once the
intentions are filed and the license is issued, the parties are free to
marry anywhere within the State of Maine. The license is valid for a
period of 90 days from the date the intentions are filed.
Intentions of Marriage
The bride and groom must complete an Intention of Marriage form. The bride
and groom’s signatures must be acknowledged before an official authorized
to take oaths, e.g. notary public. This form can be downloaded by
clicking here: Marriage Intentions Form Download
(PDF) or Marriage Intentions Form
The marriage license is valid for 90 days from the date the intentions are
No blood tests are required.
The filing fee is $40.00.
If either the bride or groom has been previously
married, a certified copy of the death or divorce decree, whichever
ended the previous marriage, must be presented to the clerk where the
intentions of marriage are filed. The certified copy must be presented to
the clerk prior to the processing of the marriage license.
A certified copy of a divorce decree may be
obtained from the clerk of courts in the county were the divorce was
filed. The clerk of courts will certify the document using an embossed
seal. Photocopies are not accepted.
A certified copy of a death certificate may be
obtained from the clerk in the town/city of the place of death. The clerk
will certify the document using an embossed seal. Photocopies are
STEPS OF THE MARRIAGE
Step 1: The
Bride and Groom must complete an Intentions of Marriage form at the office of the clerk where the
intentions are filed.
The filing fee of $40.00 is paid at the time of
The certified death/divorce decree(s), if
applicable, is presented to the clerk at the time of filing. The marriage
license will not be processed without the proper decree(s).
Proof of identity, e.g. driver's license,
passport, state I.D. must be provided to the clerk at the time of filing.
Couples filing in Phippsburg, the Town Office is
1042 Main Road
Phippsburg, ME 04562
Telephone: (207) 389-2653
Couples who file in Phippsburg should contact
the Phippsburg Town Office from 9-1, 2-5 Weekdays at 389-2653. The Town
Clerk has limited hours and is available by appointment only.
The marriage license is completed by the officiant legally qualified to
perform a marriage in Maine, and signed by two witnesses. The officiant is
required to file the license within 7 working days of the ceremony with
the clerk where the license was issued.
After the marriage license is filed with the Town Clerk, a certified
copy(s) may be obtained at the Town Office during normal business hours
for a fee of $15.00 for the 1st copy and $6.00 for any
additional copies made at the same time.