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Maine Marriage Laws

Congratulations! If you've found yourself at this page it is likely that you are either planning to be married or have been asked to perform a wedding ceremony in Maine. Ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church have successfully performed thousands of legal marriages in Maine. The information provided below will walk you through the steps one must follow to become a minister and perform a valid wedding ceremony in the state of Maine.

Quick Facts
  • ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
  • Minister Registration Required: No
  • Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
  • Minister's Minimum Age: 18
  • Marriage License Waiting Period: 3 Days
  • Marriage License Valid For: 90 Days
  • Marriage License Return Within: 15 Days

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in Maine

If you haven't already, you should get ordained online with the Universal Life Church. Ordination is free and can be completed in just a matter of minutes. Thousands of legally valid marriages are performed by ULC ministers around the world every year. Begin the process by clicking the big blue button below!

2 How to Officiate a Marriage in Maine

Next, you should contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk). Let them know that you are a minister of the Universal Life Church in Seattle, and ask what they will require of you to officiate a legal marriage.

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3 License to Marry in Maine

After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our online store to purchase whatever documentation will be required. We typically advise ministers in Maine to get an Ordination Package. While minister registration is not technically required in Maine you may be required to present proof of your ordination to the local authorities before any marriages you perform will be accepted as having been legally solemnized. As an added bonus, having this proof of your ordination will provide peace-of-mind to any couple that you intend to marry. Additionally, please attempt to leave at least 3 weeks between the date of the wedding ceremony and your order, to ensure that you receive all of your materials in advance.

4 How to Perform a Wedding in Maine

Now that you've done all of the above, you are ready to perform the wedding! Be sure that the couple has picked up their Maine marriage license from the appropriate office. This license is valid for 90 days, and there is a 3-day mandatory waiting period between when the couple receives the marriage license in Maine and when the ceremony may be legally performed. Please be aware that the signed license must be returned to the issuing office within 15 days of the completion of the wedding ceremony. At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in Maine, after they've received their license to marry by getting ordained online, asking for guidance on how to perform a wedding ceremony. Once the legal matters have been taken care of, officiating a wedding (while a sometimes-daunting task) can be a great deal of fun. We would suggest that new Maine wedding ministers concerned about the ceremony peruse one of our helpful wedding guides. The minister training section of our website should offer a helpful refresher for more experienced ministers.

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Maine Marriage Code

Marriage in Maine is governed by Chapter 23 of Title 19 of the Maine Revised Statutes. Ministers who got ordained online with the Universal Life Church have successfully solemnized thousands of weddings in the state. Below, you will find that we have reproduced a relevant excerpt of this code.
1. Persons authorized to solemnize marriages. The following may solemnize marriages in this State:
A. If a resident of this State:
(1) A justice or judge;
(2) A lawyer admitted to the Maine Bar; or
(4) A notary public under Title 4, chapter 19; [2011, c. 111, §2 (AMD).]
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 cleric 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; and [2011, c. 111, §3 (AMD).]
C. A nonresident of the State who has a temporary registration certificate issued by the Office of Data, Research and Vital Statistics pursuant to subsection 1-A. [2011, c. 111, §4 (NEW).]
[ 2011, c. 111, §§2-4 (AMD) .]

View the Maine Statutes on the official state site
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Androscoggin County

2 Turner Street
Auburn, Maine

Phone: (207) 784-8390
Fax: (207) 782-5367
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Aroostook County

144 Sweden Street
Caribou, Maine

Phone: (207) 493-3318
Fax: (207) 493-3491
Aroostook County website »

Cumberland County Probate Court

142 Federal Street
Portland, Maine

Phone: (207) 871-8380
Fax: (207) 871-8292
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Franklin County Clerk

38 Main Street
Farmington, Maine

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Hancock County

50 State Street
Ellsworth, Maine

Phone: (207) 667-9542
Fax: (207) 667-1412
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Kennebec County

95 State Street
Augusta, Maine

Phone: (207) 622-7558
Fax: (207) 621-1639
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Knox County

62 Union Street
Rockland, Maine

Phone: (207) 594-0427
Fax: (207) 594-0863
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Lincoln County

32 High Street
PO Box 249
Wiscasset, Maine

Phone: (207) 882-6311
Fax: (207) 882-4320
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Oxford County

26 Western Avenue
South Paris, Maine

Phone: (207) 743-6359
Fax: (207) 743-1545
Oxford County website »

Penobscot County

97 Hammond Street
Bangor, Maine

Penobscot County website »

Piscataquis County

51 East Main Street
Dover-Foxcroft, Maine

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Sagadahoc County

752 High Street
P.O. Box 246
Bath, Maine

Sagadahoc County website »

Somerset County

Court Street
Skowhegan, Maine

Somerset County website »

Waldo County

172 High Street
P.O. Box 323
Belfast, Maine

Waldo County website »

Washington County

PO Box 297
Machias, Maine

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York County

45 Kennebunk Road
Alfred, Maine

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