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Are Maine Vital Records Open to The Public?

Maine is a closed records state. As such, Maine vital records are not open to public access but are restricted to specific individuals. Persons who are eligible to access these records include the subject of the record, the subject's parents, spouse or legal guardian, the registrant’s descendants and legal custodians as well as persons who are state-authorized genealogists affiliated with Maine’s Center for Disease Control (CDC).

 

What Information Do I Need to Search for Maine Vital Records Online?

Vital record searches often require related information such as the name of the registrant(s), the place and approximate date on which the event occured as well as court-related information such as case file numbers and the name of the litigator(s) involved. The Maine Division of Public Health Systems offers online record-order services through which interested persons can obtain records remotely.

Publicly available records are also managed and disseminated by some third-party aggregate sites. These sites are generally not being limited by geographical record availability and may serve as a reliable jump-off point when researching specific or multiple records. However, third-party sites are not government-sponsored. As such, record availability may differ from official channels. To find a record using the search engines on third party sites, the requesting party will be required to provide:

  • The location of the record in question including city, county, or state where the case was filed.
  • The name of someone involved providing it is a not a juvenile

 

What Do I Need to Obtain Maine Vital Records?

The requirements for accessing Maine vital records generally vary depending on the record being requested, the authority of the requestor and the function which the record aims to serve. While access to informational copies requires minimal documentation, persons seeking certified or restricted records are required to provide documentation to prove their eligibility. These documents include government-issued IDs, court order or subpoenas as well as birth certificates (or other documents that can serve to prove relationship).

 

What’s the Difference Between a Certified Record and Informational Copy?

Certified records can be used to establish identity or carry out a variety of official or legal assignments. They often feature a raised seal which is considered a mark of authentication bestowed by authorized record custodians. On the other hand, informational copies are usually available to the general public. They are neither considered legal documents nor can they establish identity. However, they can be used for a variety of purposes including informational and genealogical research functions.

Are Maine Marriage Records Public Information?

By law, Maine marriage records are not public information until at least 50 years after the marriage was licensed/held. In order to view these records, the requestor is required to meet the state’s eligibility requirements and must be one of the following:

  • Either of the parties named on the record
  • The current spouse of either of the registrants
  • Legal custodians or representatives of eligible parties
  • Authorized researchers and persons who have been issued a court-issued order.

 

How Do I Find Marriage Records in Maine?

To obtain a Maine marriage record, the requesting party may send a written request to the Data, Research and Vital Statistics Division of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. All requests are required to provide information with which to facilitate record searches including:

  • The maiden name of the bride
  • The full name of the group
  • The city/town and date of the marriage
  • The requestors full name and contact information

Requests must also be accompanied by:

  • A cheque or money order payment of $15 made payable to ‘Treasurer - State of Maine’
  • A clear photocopy of a government-issued photo ID
  • A self-addressed and stamped envelope.

The request along with the accompanying documents and fees may be delivered in person or via mail to:

Vital Records
11 State House Station,
220 Capitol Street
Augusta, ME 04333-0011

Are Maine Divorce Records Public Information?

Maine divorce records are generally available to the public, but selected information regarding the divorce may be restricted from public access. Restricted information includes details of financial settlements or alimony/spousal support payments as well as bank statements, property inventory and social security information. Typically, information excluded from public access will be made available to the persons named on the record.

 

How Do I Find Divorce Records In Maine?

Interested persons can request divorce records by querying the clerk of the court where the divorce was granted or by requesting the record from the state’s Vital Records Office. To request a divorce record, the requestor must prepare a written request indicating relevant details of the record such as

  • The names of the parties involved
  • The date and place of the divorce
  • The case file or court docket number of the record
  • The requestors full name and daytime telephone number

Along with the written request, requestors are required to enclose a cheque or money order payment of $15 (per record requested) and a self-addressed and stamped envelope with which to receive the requested record. Record requests may be made in person or sent via mail to:

Vital Records
11 State House Station,
220 Capitol Street
Augusta, ME 04333-0011

Are Maine Birth Records Public Information?

Maine birth records less than 75 years old are not public information. According to the exceptions of Maine’s public record laws, until a birth record is over 75 years old it is restricted to:

  • The registrant
  • The subject’s parents/legal guardians
  • The registrant's descendants and next of kin
  • Legal representatives and authorized third parties
  • Genealogists who have been issued a researcher card by the Maine CDC

 

How Do I Find Maine Birth Records?

Requests for Maine birth records can be made to the local court or town clerk of the judicial district where the event occured. However, the state’s Vital Records Office maintains a central repository of statewide records. To request a birth record from the state office, interested and eligible persons are required to send a written request to the office containing the following information:

  • The full name of the registrant (on the record)
  • The date and place of birth
  • The names of the registrant's parents (including the mother's maiden name)
  • The relationship between the requestor and the registrant
  • The full name and daytime telephone number of the requesting party.

Additionally, requests must be accompanied by a copy of the requestor's government-issued photo ID, a stamped, self-addressed envelope and a payment of $15 made payable to: “Treasurer - State of Maine”. Requests may be submitted in person or via mail to:

Vital Records
11 State House Station,
220 Capitol Street
Augusta, ME 04333-0011

Are Maine Death Records Open To The Public?

No, Maine death records are not open to the public until at least 25 years after the death and records of fetal deaths are considered private until 50 years after the death. To be eligible to access a Maine death record the requester must be an immediate family member of the deceased or legally authorized to request record access.

 

How Do I Find Death Records In Maine?

Interested and eligible members of the public may access Maine death records by querying the state’s vital statistics office. Requestors must prepare written requests containing pertinent details of the record including

  • The full name of the deceased
  • The place and date of death
  • The relationship of the requestor to the deceased
  • The full name and contact information of the requesting party

All requests must be enclosed along with a copy of the requestor's government-issued photo ID, a stamped and self-addressed envelope and a payment of $15 made payable to the state treasurer.

Requests may be made in person or sent via mail to:

Vital Records
11 State House Station,
220 Capitol Street
Augusta, ME 04333-0011

How Do I Find Sealed Vital Records in Maine

According to the provisions of Maine’s public record laws, exceptions may be made to the restrictions of sealed records. Where a requester can sufficiently prove the relevance of the record in staking a financial claim or for other legal functions, they may petition a state-licensed judge for a court order or subpoena. Alternatively, the requestor may obtain a written request from the subject(s) of the record authorizing their access to said record.

Upon receiving either or both of these legal authorities, the requestor may query the appropriate record custodian for the record. The signed permission and/or court subpoena will authorize the custodian to waive all record restrictions, providing the requestor with access to sealed records.

Maine State Archives

State Archives

Contact: (207) 209-2673

Results Include

Full State Record Report:

  • Marriage Records
  • Divorce Records
  • Death Records
  • Birth Records
  • Criminal Records
  • Assets
  • Property Ownership
  • Bankruptcies
  • Judgments
  • Liens
  • Public Records
  • Addresses
  • Phone Numbers
  • Relatives & Associates

Results are based upon available information from state, county and municipal databases, and may not include some or all of the above details.

Maine

Maine

  • State Archives hold over 6,325 cubic feet of records.
  • There are 2 levels of Courts: trial and appellate.
  • The District Court has 36 judges who hold court in 13 districts at many locations throughout Maine.
  • The Maine Superior Court is Maine's trial court of general jurisdiction and is the only level of the court where jury trials are available.
  • The highest Court in Maine is Maine Supreme Court.

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