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Maine laws prevent fraudulent use of vital records. Vital records include birth certificates, fetal death and death certificates, marriage certificates, and domestic partner registrations. Maine's law requires a person requesting copies of records less than 75 years old for births, 25 years old for deaths and 50 years for marriage to provide documentation establishing their direct and legitimate interest in the records.
Proof of identity must also be presented to the municipal clerks. A brief application for securing a copy of the vital record must be filled out and presented, along with positive identification such as a driver's license, passport, or other government issued picture identification that clearly shows that the person requesting the record is who they say they are. Identification requirements apply whether the records are requested in person, by phone or by mail.
For certified copies of birth certificates, marriage certificates or death certificates, there is a $15.00 charge per copy for the first copy and $6.00 for additional copies only if requested at the same time. For example, two copies would cost $21.00.
To order a certified copy of a birth, death, marriage record; the event had to have occurred in Bradley, or the person(s) who are the subject of the record must have been residents of Bradley at the time of the event.
Also, the marriage license must be signed in front of the Town Clerk before it can be issued. This license is valid in any community in Maine for a period of 90 days from the date the intentions are filed. It is our recommendation that an appointment be made to complete the marriage license. It is also our recommendation that after you receive your marriage license you complete a Vital Records Request and pay the $15.00 fee; once the marriage license is received back from the officiant we will send you a certified copy of the completed marriage license in the mail.
Out-of-State Residents may file their Notice of Intentions in any municipal office. The license is valid in any community within the State of Maine for a period of 90 days from the date the intentions are filed.
Genealogy is the number one hobby in America today. As a result, municipal clerk’s offices receive numerous requests each week for information. Requests are received in person, in the mail, over the phone and now by email messages. Please allow four weeks for processing the search request.