Marriage Licenses

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.

Parties are required to provide their proposed new name(s) on the marriage intention application if the parties intend to change their name upon marriage.

Out-of-State Residents

Out-of-State Residents wishing to marry in Maine may file their intentions to marry in any Maine municipality's Office of the Clerk. 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.

Application Process

When applying for your marriage license, please allow approximately up to 1 hour to complete the application process. We recommend that all Brunswick applicants come to Town Hall one hour before closing to allow enough time to complete the process during normal business hours.

Proof of identity, e.g. driver's license, passport, state identification must be provided to the clerk at the time of filing. No blood tests are required, and there is no waiting period. The filing fee is $40.

Previous Marriages

If either party 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 at the time of the processing of the marriage license.

  • A certified copy of a divorce decree may be obtained from the clerk of courts where 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 death or at the State vitals office. The clerk will certify the document using an embossed seal. Photocopies are not accepted.