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Maine Public Records

Maine Public RecordsMaine is an historic state with a rich past, and many interesting records are available to the public. Also available are Maine birth records, death, marriage and divorce records, although access is restricted to authorized recipients. These Maine public records from 1923 to the present are maintained by the Division of Public Health Systems. Maine court records, both civil and criminal, are available upon request at the District Court or Superior Court that handled the case. Also available are divorce records, which are not restricted when viewed through the court system. The State Bureau of Identification provides online access to Maine criminal records. Anyone may request these, although public inquiries are limited to adult conviction information. To access historic Maine public records, visit the State Archives. Here, collections include Maine military records, cemetery and vital records, as well as historic court records and obituaries.

  • Authorized recipients may request Maine birth records, death, marriage and divorce records from the Division of Public Health Systems in person, by mail or online through VitalChek.
  • View Maine court records and divorce records at the specific court that handled the case. These must be viewed in person or requested by phone or mail.
  • Anyone may request Maine criminal records from the State Bureau of Identification using its online access tool, which requires a fee.
  • Historic Maine cemetery records, obituaries, military, vital and court records may be researched at the State Archives in Augusta.
  • About Maine Public Records

    Maine offers public access to many types of records, but does restrict access to vital records. Maine death records, birth, marriage and divorce records are released to the public after 100 years and are mostly stored at the State Archives. Authorized recipients of these Maine public records include the person of record, a family member or a legal representative.

    Maine vital records are protected for privacy and to prevent identity fraud, since this specific set of records may be used to establish identity. However, the Division of Public Health Systems allows genealogists to apply for the privilege of viewing informational copies of these Maine public records.

    Performing a Public Records Search in Maine

    The Maine court system, which does have a central website that provides an overview of each court’s role in the justice system and lists the individual courts of Maine, does not offer an online public access portal to court records. Although individual courts might offer this feature, most do not.  Subsequently, while Maine court records are open to the public unless sealed by a judge or deal with juveniles or adoption, these documents must be obtained in person. Free public records in Maine do include access to civil and criminal court records, although there is a fee to make copies.  Alas, online access is virtually non-existent.

    However, a public records search in Maine can also include criminal records, which are provided online by the Bureau of Criminal Identification. This is a fee-based service but is invaluable for providing almost instant access to criminal conviction information statewide. Although criminal court records may be searched freely at the courthouse, a statewide search would require many phone calls and a long trip if a particular court required in-person pickup of records.

    Exploring Historic Maine Gov Public Records

    The Maine State Archives, located in Augusta, offers public access to its vast records collection. These include Maine military records relating to the Civil War, War of 1812, Revolutionary War, and the local Aroostook War, just to name a few. Also available at the State Archives are various cemetery indexes throughout the state, and the historical Maine vital records herein include historic birth, death, marriage and divorce records beginning in 1892. Older Maine vital records do exist, but these are mostly on file with the particular town or city where the event occurred.

    Historic Maine obituaries are also included in these Maine gov public records, including obituaries from the Civil War era. Historic Maine court records are stored here for sixteen counties, and these begin in 1636. Town histories are present along with county specific records, and these contain many of the Maine military, cemetery and vital records mentioned. Anyone may visit the State Archives, and there is no admittance fee.  However, there is a fee to make copies and a fee for staff to conduct research, if requested.



     
    State of Maine Resources & Statistics
    Separator Line

    Population:
    1,456,316

     
    Under 18:
    279,467

     
    Over 65:
    194,986

     
    Employed:
    844,635

     
    Land in Square Miles:
    30,861.55

     
    Acres of Farms:
    1,768,369

     
    Births:
    14,112

     
    Deaths:
    12,868

     
    Infant Deaths:
    73

     
     
    Murder:
    31

     
    Forcible Rape:
    375

     
    Robbery:
    333

     
    Assault:
    808

     
    Total Violent Crime:
    1,547

     
    Burglary:
    6,522

     
    Larceny \ Theft:
    24,587

     
    Motor Vehicle Theft:
    1,176

     
    Total Property Crime:
    32,285

     
    Maine Public Records Locations
    Maine State Police
    Traffic Division
    Station 20
    Augusta, ME 04333-0020
    Phone:
    207-624-8944

    Fax:
    207-624-8945










    Attorney General's Office
    6 State House Station
    Augusta, ME 04333
    Phone:
    207-626-8800

    Fax:
    207-626-8828










     
    Department of Health and Human Services
    Office of Vital Records
    244 Water St, Station 11
    Augusta, ME 04333-0011
    Fax:
    207-287-1093










    Secretary of State
    Reports & Information Division
    101 State House Station
    Augusta, ME 04333-0101
    Phone:
    207-624-7752

    Fax:
    207-287-5874










     
    Maine State Police
    State Bureau of Identification
    State House Station #42
    Augusta, ME 04333-0042
    Phone:
    207-624-7240

    Fax:
    207-287-3421










    Department of Health and Human Services
    Office of Vital Records
    244 Water St, Station 11
    Augusta, ME 04333-0011
    Fax:
    207-287-1093










     
    Department of Health and Human Services
    Office of Vital Records
    244 Water St, Station 11
    Augusta, ME 04333-0011
    Fax:
    207-287-1093










    BMV - Driver License Services
    101 Hospital Street
    29 State House Station
    Augusta, ME 04333-0029
    Phone:
    207-624-9000 Ext. 52116

    Fax:
    207-624-9090










     
    Dept of Education
    GED Office
    23 State House Station
    Augusta, ME 04333
    Phone:
    207-624-6752

    Fax:
    207-624-6731










    Governor's Office
    1 State House Station, Room 236
    Augusta, ME 04333-0001
    Phone:
    207-287-3531

    Fax:
    207-287-1034










     
    Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Department
    Licensing Division
    284 State St
    Augusta, ME 04333
    Phone:
    207-287-8000

    Fax:
    207-287-8094










    Maine Department of Corrections
    Inmate Records
    111 State House Station
    Augusta, ME 04333
    Phone:
    207-287-4376

    Fax:
    207-287-4370










     
    Maine Legislature
    Legislative Information Office
    100 State House Station, Rm 121
    Augusta, ME 04333-0100
    Fax:
    207-287-1580










    Department of Health and Human Services
    Office of Vital Records
    244 Water St, Station 11
    Augusta, ME 04333-0011
    Fax:
    207-287-1093










     
    State Bureau of Investigation
    Sex Offender Registry
    State House Station #42
    Augusta, ME 04333-0042
    Phone:
    207-624-7270

    Fax:
    207-287-3421










    State Archives
    84 State House Station
    Augusta, ME 04333-0084
    Phone:
    207-287-5795

    Fax:
    207-287-5739










     
    State Court Administrator
    PO Box 4820
    Portland, ME 04112-4820
    Phone:
    207-822-0792

    Fax:
    207-822-0781










    Secretary of State
    UCC Records Section
    101 State House Station
    Augusta, ME 04333-0101
    Phone:
    207-624-7752

    Fax:
    207-287-5874










     
    Department of Motor Vehicles
    Registration Section
    29 State House Station
    Augusta, ME 04333-0029
    Fax:
    207-624-9204










    Workers Compensation Board
    27 State House Station
    Augusta, ME 04333-0027
    Phone:
    207-287-7071

     
    207-287-3751

    Fax:
    207-287-7198