Death records are not complex records with incriminating information located on them, but they are very necessary in many situations. A woman who was widowed when her husband passed might require a copy of her husband’s death record as a way to prove she is no longer married. This is required if she wants to obtain a new Maine marriage license to remarry. It might be useful with an estate issue, and it’s often required in any other issues that occur when someone passes away and legal matters call for a death record.
Proof of death is the primary reason someone might require Maine death records, but there is very specific information located on it. The most important is the name of the deceased, his or her date of birth and death, the cause of death, and the location of death. This might be the county hospital where a cancer patient died, or the home address of someone who passed in their sleep.
You can use one of several methods of retrieval of Maine death records. There’s an online option with the office of Maine Vital Records, and you can apply in person if you know the county where a death took place. There are rules in place, and they will not issue you a death certificate. You must be a child, parent, or sibling of the deceased, or a spouse of the deceased.
If you are not a direct family member, you must be the legal guardian of the deceased or the legal representative of the person who died or the estate of that person. To obtain a copy of a death record, you’ll need to have a copy of your own photo identification, proof of your relationship to the person who died, and you’ll need to issue payment. The fees differ depending on where you go to get the copy, and there are some other things that are required when you order a copy. You must know the information listed on the death certificate, and you must be able to provide a reason for needing the Maine death certificate.
This information is public, which means you can look up a death record without actually purchasing one. It’s listed with the local Maine courthouse where the death took place in Maine, and it’s also information that can be found in a local newspaper provided an obituary was placed in the paper for the public to see. If you need assistance in locating a death record, you’ll call the office of Vital Records to ask questions and receive answers about what you need. This information can be provided over the phone, and it’s a good idea to call and find out office hours, fees, and what payment methods are acceptable. Late walk-ins sometimes require a longer wait than early walk-ins when you come into an office.