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Vital Records

The primary objective of the vital records function of the Town Clerk's Office is to obtain and preserve documentary evidence concerning births, marriages and deaths that is necessary to protect the legal rights of individuals.

Birth Information

In the State of Maine, when the birth of a child occurs, the birth certificate is filed in the municipal clerk’s office in the town where the birth happened, as well as in the municipal clerk’s office of the town of residence where the mother was living at the time of the child’s birth. For example, if a child was born at a hospital in Portland, and the mother was living in the Town of Scarborough at the time of the child’s birth, a copy of the birth certificate would be filed with the City of Portland and with the Town of Scarborough. Certified copies of the certificate can be purchased from the Clerk's Office in either municipality.

In addition, duplicate copies of all birth records are filed with the State of Maine Office of Vital Records, a division of the Department of Human Services.

To order a certified, legal copy of a birth certificate, please complete and mail the Application for a Certified Copy of a Birth Record, along with the necessary accompanying materials, to the Town Clerk's Office. Click the link below to view the application.


Death Information

In the State of Maine, a death certificate is filed in the municipality in which the death occurred, as well as the municipality in which the deceased resided. Certified copies of the certificate can be purchased from the Clerk's Office in either municipality.

To order a certified, legal copy of a death certificate, please complete and mail the Application for a Certified Copy of a Death Record, along with the necessary accompanying materials, to the Town Clerk's Office. Click the link below to view the application.


Marriage Information

Residents of the State of Maine shall 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 shall 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.

Out-of-State Residents must file their intentions to marry in any municipal office. 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.

Requirements
(1) Intentions of Marriage
* Couples must complete an Intentions of Marriage form. The signatures must be acknowledged before an official authorized to take oaths, e.g. notary public.
* The marriage license is valid for 90 days from the date the intentions are filed.
* No blood tests are required.


(2) Filing Fee
* The filing fee is $40.00 ($20.00 per applicant).

(3) Previous Marriage(s)
* 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 prior to the processing of the marriage license.
* A certified copy of a divorce decree may be obtained from the clerk of courts in the county where the divorce was filed. The clerk of courts will certify the document using an embossed seal.
* A certified copy of a death certificate may be obtained from the clerk in the town of the place of death. The clerk will certify the document using an embossed seal.Photocopies are not accepted.

Couples who file in Scarborough may appear in the Town Clerk's Office Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The office is closed weekends and holidays, no exceptions. The Town Clerk's Office is located at 259 U.S. Route One - Scarborough ME 04074 [mailing address: P.O. Box 360 - Scarborough, ME 04070]

Once the marriage license is completed by the Officiant legally qualified to perform a marriage in Maine, and signed by two witnesses, the Officiant is required to file the license within 7 working days of the ceremony with the clerk where the license was issued.

Please write us a letter including the following information or complete the application below [click on link]:

* Full name of the both spouses, including middle name
* Date of marriage
*Name and mailing address where we should send the certificates
* Number of certified copies you are ordering
* Must include a photocopy of a government issued photo I.D.
* Please include a self addressed stamped #10 (business size envelope


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