When you need to apostille a Maine death certificate, you will need to make sure to have a certified copy of the vital record beforehand. If you need to order one, your best bet is to go through the Maine Division Of Public Health Systems. Here's what their website says about obtaining one:
All Maine's records of birth, death, fetal death, marriage, divorce and domestic partnership are housed at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), Data, Research, and Vital Statistics (DRVS) office and most all municipal offices statewide.
Maine officially started preserving vital records on January 1, 1892. Vital records created prior to 1892 may be obtained from the municipal offices where the vital event took place or from the Maine State Archives.
Maine is a closed record State. Individuals requesting a certified copy of a vital record must complete a written request or application, provide acceptable identification, and depending on the record requested, may have to demonstrate their direct and legitimate interest and/or lineage. We offer more information on public access to non-restricted and restricted vital records, as well as frequently asked questions.
How to Order Maine Vital Records
The cost for a certified copy of a vital record is $15.00 and $6.00 for each additional copy of the same record. The cost for a non-certified copy of a vital record is $10.00 and is stamped "not for legal purposes". Individuals not listed on the record must prove relationship or demonstrate a direct and legitimate interest in the requested record. Please refer to the public access to non-restricted and restricted vital records link above to determine eligibility.
Mail a written request with payment by check or money order. Please enclose a copy of your photo ID and a self-addressed, STAMPED envelope with your request. Download and complete an applications for a vital record.
Place your order by credit card. DRVS does not accept credit card information over the phone or online orders. Although, for your convenience, DRVS has partnered with VitalChek Network, Inc. to provide this service. Visit VitalChek online, or by contact them by phone at 1-877-523-2659. An additional fee to expedite the order may be charged by VitalChek for using this service. Individuals have the option to send the copy of the vital record by mail or by UPS. All major credit cards are accepted, including American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa.
Ordering Vital Records
The fee for one certified copy is $15.00. The fee for additional certified copies of the same record is $6.00 each. Please make sure to include picture identification and supporting documentation, if applicable. The link to identification and eligibility requirements is provided below. A self-addressed stamped envelope and payment may be mailed to:
11 State House Station, 220 Capitol Street
Augusta, ME 04333-0011
Ordering a Death Record
To fulfill your request, the following information is needed:
Name of the decedent.
Date of death.
Name of city/town the death occurred in.
State your relationship to the name on the death record being requested.
Please include a daytime telephone number.
Please make the check payable to: "Treasurer - State of Maine"
Apostille for Maine Death Certificate
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