Maine Public Records
The Maine Freedom of Access Act, found in Statutes Title One, Chapter 13, provides for public access to the public records of state and local government bodies. Public records are considered any written, printed, graphic, or electronic data created or stored by a public agency or official to document the transaction of public or governmental business.
Exceptions to free public access include legislative drafts, bargaining proposals, medical records, juvenile records, security plans that could compromise public safety, Social Security numbers, and other records deemed confidential by law.
Here on this page you’ll find resources for statewide records in Maine. We feel these are among the most common and useful databases found online at the state level. Click on the drop-down menu items in the left-hand margin to access more resources.
- Court System - The Maine court system has three levels. The first is the District Court, which handles non-jury civil & criminal matters, and includes six focus courts: the Family Division; Small Claims of $6K or less; the Violations Bureau to handle all traffic infractions; Drug Court for drug testing, supervision, treatment & sanctions; the Business & Consumer Court for certain business & consumer disputes; and the Unified Criminal Docket in Cumberland & Penobscot Counties. At the second level is the Superior Court, which handles all criminal & civil trials, as well as appeals regarding decisions of state and local administrative agencies. At the top level is the Supreme Court, which reviews decisions of the lower courts. Maine also has county Probate Courts that stand apart from the state system. Maine Court Records
- Criminal Records - District Courts handle non-jury felony, misdemeanor, DWI/DUI, and juvenile matters. Jury trials for felonies, misdemeanors, and DWI/DUI cases are handled by the Superior Courts. For database access and more information, go to our Maine Criminal Records page.
- Vital Records – Certificates for births, deaths, marriages, and divorces are provided by: Office of Vital Records, 244 Water Street, State House Station #11, Augusta, ME 04333, (207) 287-1919. Visit our Vital Records page for historical birth indexes; the Social Security Death Index for Maine, statewide historical death records, probate records, and available city & county databases for deaths, burials, cemeteries, and obituaries; statewide historical and current marriages, and available city marriage databases; Hancock County divorces, and information about ordering divorce certificates statewide.
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|Corporations, Companies, Trademarks |
Search Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions records for registered corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, non-profits, financial institutions, and trademarks.
|Criminal Histories Nationwide Pay Site|
Search over 450 million criminal records nationwide and over 70 national and international terrorist and debarred persons databases. $14.95 per search, instant results.
|Driver Crosscheck |
Automatically receive email notification about changes in the driving records of selected Maine drivers. Supply the name, date of birth, or drivers license number to add a driver to your list. Paid membership required.
|Maine Home Page |
State of Maine official home page and government directory of state agencies, departments, services, jobs, voting registration, fine & fee payments, license renewals, and more.
Search for Maine marriage records by name of bride or groom, town of bride or groom, or date range.
|Registered Offenders |
Use this service of the Maine State Police to search for registered offenders by city/town, zip code or name of the offender
|Traffic Tickets |
Review your violation record, verify a court date, or pay outstanding fines for traffic tickets in Maine.
|Unclaimed Property |
Search for unclaimed property in the state of Maine by name of owner or town. Gives detailed information on the property if you have the social security number of the owner, as well as how to stake your claim.
|Uniform Commercial Code |
Maine Secretary of State Uniform Commercial Code free debtor name index. Optionally, search the Official UCC Debtor index that provides additional search options, document copies, and certification.
|Vanity Plates |
Search for available vehicle vanity plates in Maine and order online.
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|Accident Reports Pay Site|
Use this Maine State Police fee-based service to search and request accident reports from the Maine State Police Crash Database.
Search the Maine State Archives for photographs, maps, legislation, executive council, court cases from York, Washington, and Kennebec counties, municipal records, town & city microfilm, moving images, and Maine town records.
|Campaign Finance |
Search Campaign Finance Contributions and Expenditures in Maine for candidates, party committees, political action committees, and ballot question committees.
|Campaign Finance - Contributions |
Search for reported Campaign Finance Contributions in Maine by recipient type, recipient name, contributor name, zip code, date range, amounts, contributor type, and/or office sought.
Search for political candidates in Maine.
|Churches - Local Independent |
Search the Maine Department of the Secretary of State for registered Local Independent Churches by keyword or charter number.
|Cold Cases |
Provided by the Main State Police. View this listing of cold cases with information including photo, crime date, crime location and available details.
Search the Constitution of the State of Maine by Article, Part, and Section.
|Counties, Cities & Towns |
Use this Maine Local Government service to search for information on Maine counties, cities, and towns.
|Crash Reports |
Maine accident report database searchable by name, license or report number, or date. Free search, fee for reports.
|Criminal Histories Pay Site|
Use this Maine State Police service to request a criminal history record or juvenile crime information record check. This is not an online database. Requests are processed by the State Bureau of Identification.
|Death Index 1960-1997 |
Search by name, place, and/or year for Maine death records filed between 1960 and 1997.
Browse the Maine State Government register for state agencies, departments, and services.
|Environmental Protection GIS Maps |
Maine Geographical Information System (GIS) interactive environmental maps of oil spills, solid waste, sewage pumpouts, healthy beaches, bird habitats, riversheds, closed landfills, and much more. Most require Google Earth.
|Ethics Commission Registrations |
Search the Maine Ethics Commission Web Site for Candidate, PAC, Party, or Lobbyist information. Or search for Registration or Campaign Finance reports.
|Eviction Records | Tenant Screening Pay Site|
Search Systems Eviction Records. Search statewide in Maine for eviction records by tenant name (individual or business) for just $5 per search. Narrow results by city for common name searches.
|Find People |
Easy to use, find people in Maine instantly! Find addresses and phone numbers. Free summary of names. Fee for detailed reports.
|Historic Sites |
Search for Historic Sites in Maine by name, region, or activity.
Search the Maine Revisor of Statutes for the Laws of Maine by year and keyword or phrase.
|Legislation and Legislators |
Search the Maine State Legislature for Senate and House membership and Legislative Session Information. Includes a Bill Status Search, Bill Text Search, Past Sessions Bill Text, as well as Committee Information and legislative journals and calendars.
Search for Maine libraries by town, name, type, and/or county.
|Licenses | Professional, Medical & Business |
Find professional and business licenses in the State of Maine, including those for attorneys, accountants, dentists, physicians, realtors, credit service organizations, and more.
|Marriages 1771-1907 |
Search approximately 600,000 Maine marriage records filed between 1771 and 1907.
|Missing Children |
Browse this listing of missing children in Maine to view information including photo, name, DOB, case #, contact person/#, case type, physical description, date/city missing from and link to poster.
|Missing Persons |
Criminal Investigation Division of the Maine State Police list of missing persons.
|Most Wanted |
Browse this Maine Most Wanted database by name and photo for Maine most wanted, or search by keyword/case number, type of crime, description, and/or city.
|Political Action Committees |
Browse by name for Political Action Committees (PACs) in Maine. Provides name, status, campaign year, campaign reports & report file dates.
|Posted Roads |
Use this interactive map service to search for Maine posted roads by town or route.
|Public Notices |
Search for public notices published in participating Maine newspapers. Notices include (but not limited to) foreclosures, government contracts, auctions and sales, court proceedings, unclaimed property, business and corporate notices, and community information.
|Reserved Lands |
Search for Reserved Lands in Maine by name, region, or activity.
|Road Conditions |
Use this Maine Department of Transportation interactive map service to search for Maine posted road conditions.
|State Parks |
Search for State Parks in Maine by name, region, or activity.
Search the Maine Office of the Revisor of Statutes by title number, section number, keyword, or phrase. Gives full text of statute as well as the section history.
|Tax Refund Status - Income |
Use this Maine Revenue Services database to search for the refund status of your personal income tax (1040) filing in Maine.