Maine birth, death and marriage records that are less than one hundred years old are private documents available only to those with a direct and legitimate interest in the matter recorded on the record and genealogists registered with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC). In order to receive a Maine CDC issued researcher card, an applicant must be a member of an established genealogical society, provide positive proof of identity, and submit the required fee ($50) along with this application. Please make checks payable to: Treasurer, State of Maine. If you are applying by mail, enclose a photocopy of your government issued photo ID or other positive identification, as well as a photocopy of your membership card in an established genealogical society, with this application. Return the completed application, supporting documents and fee to: Vital Records Unit, Office of Data, Research and Vital Statistics, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Maine Department of Health and Human Services, 244 Water Street, 11 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0011.The website provides no guidance as to what constitutes an "established genealogical society."
The researcher card is good for one year and will entitle the bearer to view or purchase non-certified copies of birth, death and marriage records registered in Maine, that are less than 100 years old, from any municipality or from the Vital Records Unit of the Office of Data, Research and Vital Statistics. This card, along with positive proof of identity, must be presented to the municipal clerk or Vital Records Unit staff when making a request for records.