Filing of Marriage Intentions
Residents of the state intending to be joined in marriage are required to record notice of their intentions in person (both parties must be present) in the office of the clerk of the municipality in which at least one of them resides. The parties must file the Intentions of Marriage Forms. In keeping with ongoing efforts to improve customer service, and in order to expedite the implementation of a new data entry process, the intentions forms should be filled out prior to 4:00 P.M. in the City of Portland Clerk's Office. Out-of-state residents may file their Intentions in any municipal office.
Marriage License Validity
This marriage license is valid in any community in Maine for a period of 90 days from the date the intentions are filed.
If either party has been previously married, the certified document of the divorce decree or death certificate must be presented to the clerk.
If you were divorced outside of the United States:
If your divorce decree is not in English, in addition to providing a certified copy of the original judgment, you must provide a notarized English translation of the judgement, done by a disinterested third party, such as a language translation service.
Marriage Ceremony AT CITY HALL
If you are planning on getting married in City Hall, the following are available:
For marriage ceremonies performed by notary staff in the City Clerk’s office there are two options.
- Basic Marriage performed at the counter in the City Clerk’s office. This is a short vow pronouncement. No appointment or advanced notice necessary.
- Marriage Package, consisting of choice of ceremony performed by notary staff of the City Clerk’s Office in the City of Portland’s grand State of Maine Room which features a decorated LED candle lit mantle. Minimum of two weeks prior notice required. For more details view Marriage Package Application.
The above are available Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM* FMI call 874-8610.
Marriage ceremonies not performed at the counter or not part of the Marriage Package are only permitted to take place in the State of Maine Room of City Hall and performed by the couples' own Notary or Officiant. To reserve the room for use during M-F business hours, call the City Manager’s office at 874-8685. Advance notice required.
For after hour rentals, contact the Facilities and Recreation Office at 874-8200. The room rental is $450.00 with six hour maximum.
Videotaping and cameras are permitted to be used during marriage ceremonies performed in the City Clerk’s office or the State of Maine Room.
Only the City Clerk’s office or the State of Maine room can be used to conduct marriage ceremonies in Portland City Hall.
*Intentions of Marriage forms should be completed by 4:00P.M. prior to ceremony
Marriage license - $40.
Marriage Ceremony, City Clerk's Office - $125
Marriage Ceremony Package - $300
Certified Copies - $15 charge per copy for the first copy, and $6 for additional
State of Maine room $60/hour (M-F 9:00am-4:00pm)