New Maine Vital Records Regulations Now in Effect

The new regulations governing access to Maine vital records went into effect on Monday:

Individuals who may access vital records less than 100 years old include:


  • The person named on the record;
  • The person's spouse or registered domestic partner;
  • The parent(s) named on the record;
  • Descendants of the person named on the record;
  • Registrant's legal custodian, guardian, or conservator or respective authorized representative (includes attorney, physician, or funeral director); and
  • Genealogists who have a Maine CDC issued researcher identification card.

And how does one obtain a "Maine CDC issued researcher identification card"? That isn't clear from the website, but the FAQs will tell you what hoops you'll need to jump through to order certified records less than a century old.

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Comment by Kathy Williamson on January 13, 2011 at 9:00pm
That makes sense, I don't think I had a clue about the Joseph part when I was there. Anyway thanks!
Comment by Marcel Belanger on May 6, 2013 at 11:26am

Wow! This conversation is very interesting to me. I too am researching obituaries in Maine and it is very frustrating not being able to access recodrs.I live in Canada and I just joined Maine genealogy and I'm happy i just did .

Just by reading these comments I feel much better knowing more about the Maine Archives.

Actually my greatgrandmother is buried in Waterville in St Francis Cemetery and I can't find the exact date she died.I would love to find an obituary from the newspaper or more specifically from the Church if possible.

Many of my ancestors lived and worked in Maine. My grandfather crossed the border many times. In fact, if he would have stayed in Maine one more year, I would probably be an American citizen today. Anyhow, I would be happy if someone could guide me on how to access Maine Vital records for my research. Thnks to all for your help. Marcel B.

Comment by Chris Dunham on May 6, 2013 at 11:59am

The law was changed again in 2011, allowing anyone access to noncertified copies of death certificates more than 25 years old. Your great-grandmother Domithilde (Mercier) Cote evidently died in 1928, so you should be able to obtain a copy of her death record from the Maine Vital Records Unit. Here's the information you would need to order the record:

Some of the information on their website has not been changed to reflect the most recent changes to the law.

Comment by Marcel Belanger on May 6, 2013 at 12:43pm

Thank you very much Chris for the info. Greatly appreciated!! Marcel B.


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