A step-by-step guide on getting your marriage license in Maine
Before you go to obtain your marriage license, you should call your local town office to find out if they’re going to be open that day. If so, find out when they’re going to be open and whether you need to make an appointment. You can find the phone number for your town office by going to www.maine.gov/local and searching by town.
If you plan to marry immediately upon getting your license, you should make arrangements with your local town office ahead of time. Some towns are providing officials who can marry you and some are not (you'll find a list of friendly officiants in the Gay Weddings in Maine wedding officiants section). Call and find out. It's your very special wedding day -- make arrangements ahead of time to ensure it goes smoothly.
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Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) offers these tips on getting married:
• To get a license, a couple must call or go to the clerk's office in the city or town where either one lives, or plans on getting married in.
• In Maine, a marriage can be performed by a judge or justice, a notary public, an attorney or an ordained clergy member.
• The ceremony must be witnessed by at least two people other than the officiant, and signed by the couple, the officiant and witnesses.
• The officiant must return the marriage certificate to the town clerk within seven days of the ceremony.
For help with other legal questions surrounding Maine's new marriage law, use the GLAD Legal Info Line by clicking here. Or by calling: 1-800-455-GLAD (4523).
For a more complete look at the legal side of getting married in Maine, download GLAD's "Marriage in Maine: The Basics" by clicking here.
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