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Maine Marriage LawGetting Married in Maine Getting Married in Maine? Find what you need to know to make your marriage legal in the great State of Maine. In order to get married in Maine, you need to apply and receive a Maine marriage license. This document allows you to officially and legally be married. The obtain the very latest rules for acquiring a Maine marriage license you should check with the clerk of court’s office in the town, city or region where you plan to have your Maine Wedding take place. Check our Maine Towns section for listings of all Maine towns and cities. Ask us about Maine Weddings or share your Maine wedding comments. To feature your Maine wedding or honeymoon venue, contact us.

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Beachmere Inn Ogunquit Maine
Beachmere Inn, 62 Beachmere Place, Ogunquit, ME 03907 | 207-646-2021
Ocean front accommodations in the heart of Ogunquit on the Marginal Way with breathtaking ocean views. Luxury suites and unique rooms, fireplaces, kitchenettes, private balconies or patios. Enjoy an on-site spa, exercise room and hot tub. Reception rooms for weddings, meetings and events. Beachmere Inn is a leader in guest services, event coordination and hospitality. A stunning location perfect for weddings, elopements, vow renewals, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and even bachelor - bachelorette weekend getaways. Open year round. Walk to everything in town or enjoy drinks from our ocean view Blue Bistro.
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Morning Glory Inn York Maine
Morning Glory Inn, 120 Seabury, Road, York, ME 03909 | 207-363-2062
A stay at Morning Glory Inn in York, Maine is a romantic, intimate, experience perfect for elopements, anniversaries, guest of weddings, and small wedding parties. This 5 room Bed and Breakfast in the York Harbor area, where each room has it’s own a private deck, and all but one room is on the first floor makes for a wonderful choice of socialization, or quiet moments together. A perfect special occassion Inn.
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kennebunk inn
The Kennebunk Inn, 45 Main Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043 | 207-985-3351
If you are searching for an historic inn with affordable class and fabulous food in southern coastal Maine - The Kennebunk Inn is the place. Beautiful beaches, nature preserves, museums, galleries, antique shops, and more. We look forward to sharing our special place in the land of the pointed firs.
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Maine Diner Wells Maine
Maine Diner, 2265 Post Road (US Route 1),Wells, ME 04090 | 207-646-4441
Featured on "The Today Show", Phantom Gourmet, Guy Fieri's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" and others. Maine blueberry pancakes, pies, lunch and dinner specials and more. World Famous Food Like Grandma Used To Make. Try Maine Diner's famous Lobster Pie, Seafood Chowder, Codfish Cakes. Breakfast anytime. Remember the Maine Gift Shoppe, Maine Products. Open Daily at 7AM..
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Beachmere Inn Ogunquit Maine
Beachmere Inn, 62 Beachmere Place, Ogunquit, ME 03907 | 207-646-2021
Ocean front accommodations in the heart of Ogunquit on the Marginal Way with breathtaking ocean views. Luxury suites and unique rooms, fireplaces, kitchenettes, private balconies or patios. Enjoy an on-site spa, exercise room and hot tub. Reception rooms for weddings, meetings and events. Beachmere Inn is a leader in guest services, event coordination and hospitality. A stunning location perfect for weddings, elopements, vow renewals, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and even bachelor - bachelorette weekend getaways. Open year round. Walk to everything in town or enjoy drinks from our ocean view Blue Bistro.
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Blazes Burgers Westbrook Maine
Blazes Burgers, 652 Main Street, Westbrook, ME 04029 | 207-591-0331
A locally owned Restaurant that serves FRESH Burgers, Clam Cakes, Chicken, Sloppy Joes and more with your choice of Hand Cut French Fries, Tater Tots, or many other delicious options. The Beyond Burger works for our Vegetarian/Vegan friends and we have a great children's menu! Try a signature selection today and see what everyone is talking about. View menue and order online.
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When Pigs Fly Pizzeria
When Pigs Fly Pizzeria, 460 U.S. Route 1 Kittery, Maine 03904 | Restaurant: 207-438-7036 Bread Store: 207-439-3114
Enjoy our large selection of wood-fired pizzas, appetizer plates, craft beers and draft wines. The pizzas are Neapolitan style, handcrafted from all natural ingredients. Our wood-fired ovens give the crust a chewy, smoky flavor. All ingredients are the freshest including mozzarella, which is made fresh daily. This location is also home to the When Pigs Fly Company Store, which offers all of the classic and artisan breads, and other products available from When Pigs Fly.
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Billy's Chowder House
Billy's Chowder House, 216 Mile Road, Wells, ME 04090 | 1-207-646-7558
Dine-In, or Take-Out. Billy's Chowder House is a casual seafood restaurant serving ocean-fresh Maine seafood, great chowder, haddock, and lobster rolls. Established in 1979, Billy's is one of the oldest waterfront restaurants in Wells, Maine. Located in the middle of the Rachel Carson Wildlife Preserve on Mile road, which connects Rt.1 to Wells Beach. Open 7 days a week.
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Warren's Lobster House
Warren's Lobster House, 11 Water Street / U.S. Route 1, Kittery, Maine 03904 | 207-439-1630
Warren's is a "destination restaurant" known far and wide. All entrees on our extensive menu include the "Seacoasts Finest Salad Bar" featuring over sixty items. Warren's offers the areas largest selection of lobster entrees along with great seafood, steak and chicken specialties served in a comfortable and casual family atmosphere. Free valet parking service is provided "in season".
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Robertos - Ogunquit
Roberto's, 200 Shore Road, Ogunquit, Maine 03907 | 207-646-8130
Roberto's is committed to making every dish memorable and that feeds not only the body, but feeds the spirit as well. Delicious hardy portions that are truly crave worthy. An extensive menu of all your favorite Italian dishes cooked authentically to give you that real taste of Italy.
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Fisherman's Catch Restaurant
Fisherman's Catch Restaurant, 134 Harbor Road, Wells, ME 04090 | 207.646.8780
Fisherman's Catch Restaurant has been serving fresh Maine seafood, off the beaten path, for more than 35 years. We truly appreciate the locals making our little rustic spot in Wells Harbor their destination. Off the Beaten Path, Keeping It Rustic Since 1982. Lunch and Dinner - May to Mid October. Dine Out, Dine In. A Maine Summertime Classic.
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Ogunquit Lobster Pound Restaurant
Ogunquit Lobster Pound Restaurant, 504 Main Street, U.S. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine 03907 | 207-646-2516
Established in 1931 the Ogunquit Lobster Pound has been proudly serving the best Maine lobster for generations. Choose your own live lobster to be boiled in seawater in the traditional Maine fashion or try one of the many offerings from our full menu. Open for Dinner every day at 5pm. We do not accept reservations.
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Jonathan's
Jonathan's OGT, 92 Bourne Lane, Ogunquit, Maine 03907 | 207-646-4777
Serving upscale New England cuisine, Jonathan's Ogunquit, caters to those diners looking for fresh seafood, classic European dishes, grilled steaks and more. Diners prefer Jonathan's for a romantic date night, to celebrate a special birthday or enjoy an evening of farm to table gastronomy before a show. Jonathan's offers dining, events, and concerts. Featuring local food products wherever possible and focuses on serving fresh, New England products. Jonathan's slogan has always been to #eatwell.
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Loco Coco's Tacos, 36 Walker Street, Kittery, ME 03904 | 207-438-9322
Creative, unique, and freshly made Mexican food housed in a restored building, a relaxed dining experience that offers something different to patrons and ensures you enjoy a memorable food experience every time. Mexican, Southwestern Cuisine, Special Diets, Vegetarian, Vegan / Gluten free options. Lunch, Dinner, Dine-In or Take-out, Catering.
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In most cases,you will need to apply for a marriage license at least one month prior to your wedding ceremony date.

When you apply for your marriage license, you will need a proof of identification and age. You will also need to provide any information about previous marriages, and will need to pay a nominal fee. You will also need to have a witness when you sign the application, so plan on bringing your maid of honor or best man with you. The bride will need to know what her married name will be before she signs the marriage certificate. You’ll have to write that name on the application. Just because you have your marriage license sent to you in the mail does not mean you are officially married. You still need to have a Justice of the Peace or a religious clergyman sign the document. On your wedding day, you should give your chaplain or wedding officiant your marriage license, then after the ceremony, it will be signed and sent to the proper government agency for validation.

Getting Married In Maine – Official Documents

ID Requirement: Picture ID such as a driver’s license along with a certified copy of your birth certificates. You should know your Social Security numbers. You should both also know your parent’s full name, mother’s maiden name, and the states in which you were born.

Application Requirement: Both the bride and groom must appear in person at the time of applying.

Residency Requirement: If both persons reside in the State of Maine, in the same municipality they need to file with their municipal clerk. If both persons reside in the State of Maine, in separate municipalities, they must file with at least ONE municipal clerk, they do not need to file with both. If one party to a marriage is a resident and one party resides outside the State of Maine, then they need to file intentions at the office of the clerk where the resident resides. If both parties to a marriage are non-residents of the State of Maine, then they must file intentions at ANY municipal office in the State of Maine and they are then free to marry anywhere within the state.

Waiting Period: No waiting period.

Previously Married Persons: Previously married persons must still provide certified documentation showing that their previous marriage has ended and that they are free to marry.

Fees: $10.00 PER PERSON, a total of $20.00. This charge does not include the cost of a certified copy of the marriage certificate after the marriage is solemnized. The bride and groom are responsible to purchase that after the license has been filed. The fees for that are:

• $7.00 at the municipal office level ($3.00 for additional copies ordered at the same time)

• $10.00 at the state level ($4.00 for additional copies ordered at the same time)

Other Tests: No blood test requirement.

Under 18: Applicants must be over 18 years old.

• A license shall not be issued to anyone under the age of 18 without written parental consent.

• A license shall not be issued to anyone under the age of 16 without written parental consent and the written consent of a judge.

Cousin Marriage: Yes. First cousins may marry in Maine provided they present the municipal clerk with a certificate of genetic counseling from a physician.

Officiants: As of July 1, 1981 the Maine Secretary of State’s Office no longer requires a license be issued for ministers of the gospel for the purpose of solemnizing marriages in Maine. Currently, Maine relies solely on the language of the law regarding who is authorized to solemnize marriages in Maine. According to Title 19-A M.R.S.A. section 655, the following persons are authorized to perform marriages in Maine:

A. If a resident of this State:

(1) A justice or judge;

(2) A lawyer admitted to the Maine Bar; or

(3) A notary public under Title 4, chapter 19, and

B. Whether a resident or nonresident of this State and whether or not a citizen of the United States:

(1) An ordained minister of the gospel;

(2) A clerick engaged in the service of the religious body to which the cleric belongs; or

(3) A person licensed to preach by an association of ministers, religious seminary or ecclesiastical body.

Other Requirements: Persons are required to provide social security numbers when applying for a Maine marriage license.

Valid: License is valid for 90 days.

The license can only be used within the State of Maine.. 

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