Town Clerk

Contact: Pam Ross, Town Clerk
Email: pross@bowdoinham.com
Hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs, Fri.: 8:30a.m. - 4:00p.m.; Weds: 9:00a.m. - 6:00p.m.
Phone: 207-666-5531 Fax: 207-666-5532

Motor Vehicle Registration
Dog Licenses
Marriage License
Birth Certificates
Death Certificates 
Hunting Licenses
Fishing Licenses

Pam Ross is Bowdoinham's Town Clerk and is considered the keeper of all Town Records. There is extensive information available here that should be of interest to the citizens of Bowdoinham and others.  She is also available to notarize your documents free of charge in addition to her town clerk duties.

See the documents list at the bottom of the page for details on specific applications or topics.


Motor Vehicle Registration

REGISTERING A PASSENGER VEHICLE

Dealer Purchased Passenger Vehicle | Documents needed:

  • Green dealer's certificate (indicates sales tax was paid to dealer)
  • Blue title application (if vehicle is 1995 newer)
  • Evidence of insurance
  • Mileage

Private Sale Purchased Passenger Vehicle | Documents needed:

  • Signed bill of sale
  • Title, if the vehicle is 1995 or newer, signed over to new owner from the previous owner(s)
  • Evidence of insurance
  • Mileage

Renew a Passenger Vehicle Registration | Documents needed:

  • Evidence of insurance
  • Mileage

The Town of Bowdoinham participates in Rapid Renewal (online vehicle registration): www.SOSonline.org


Dog Licenses

$6.00 per year for spayed/neutered dogs

$11.00 per year for dogs not spayed/neutered

$25.00 late fee after January 31st of each year  

All dogs 6 months and older must have a license.  In order to obtain a license for your dog, the owner must provide a current State of Maine Rabies Certificate.   If your dog has been spayed or neutered please bring that certificate with you.

Register Your Dog Online


Marriage License

Where to apply for a Marriage License:

Maine residents must apply in the town where at last one of the applications resides. The license is valid in any town/city in Maine for a period of 90 days from the date the intentions are filed. Please note for couples who reside in different towns/cities within the State of Maine shall record notice of their intentions in the office of the clerk of the municipality in which at least one of them resides.

If one of the applicants is a Maine resident, and the finance resides out of state, the couple must apply in the town of the Maine resident. The license is valid in any town/city in Maine for a period of 90 days from the date the intentions are filed.

Out of State residents must file their intentions in any municipal office. Once their intentions are filed and the license is valid, the parties are free to marry anywhere within the State of Maine. The license is valid for 90 days from the date the intentions are filed.

ONCE the ceremony has taken place and the officiant has returned the completed license to the issuing clerk a certified copy of the marriage license may be requested using the Request Form.

Fees for certified copies are: $15.00 for the first copy and $6.00 for each additional copy. Certified copies are needed for name changes on many documents such as Social Security, Driver’s License, bank accounts, insurance, and others.

Intention of Marriage

1. The couple must complete an Intention of Marriage Form either at the Town Clerk’s office or by mail. (Notarized signatures are required if by mail).  The completed Intention of Marriage form must be filed at the Clerk’s office. The marriage license is immediately issued and is valid for 90 days from the date the intentions are filed.

Filing Fee: $40.00

Previous Marriage(s)

If either of the applicants have been previously married, a certified copy of the death or divorce decree, whichever ended the previous marriage must be present to the Town Clerk for review.

Note: Unless a person provides a certified copy of a waiver of their right to appeal, there is a 21 day waiting period before a person can be remarried in the State of Maine following a Maine divorce.

2. The completed Intention of Marriage, filing fee and certified death/divorce decree(s) if applicable.

3. Both of the applicants must appear in person to the Town Clerk prior to the ceremony, to sign the marriage license.

4. The marriage license is completed by the officiant. Legally qualified to perform a marriage in Maine, and signed by two witnesses. The officiant reruns the license to the Town Clerk for filing.
 


Birth Certificate

You may purchase a certified copy of a birth record either in person or through the mail. The mother had to have been living in the Town of Bowdoinham at the time of the birth. You may purchase a certified copy of a birth record either in person or through the mail.

To order a certified copy complete the Request Form. You will also have to provide a copy of a photo ID. It is $15 for the first certified copy and $6 for each additional certified copy of the same record, ordered at the same time. Make checks payable to the Town of Bowdoinham, please do not send cash in the mail. Please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope.  

Mailing Address:
Town of Bowdoinham
Attn:  Town Clerk
13 School Street
Bowdoinham, Maine  04008

Please note: Each Municipality records and maintains its own birth records. Birth records are available at the Town Clerk’s Office where the child was born or where the mother lived at the time of the birth and at the Augusta Bureau of Vital Statistics. If you are not certain of the Place of Birth you may call the Office of Vital Statistics at 207-287-3184. The Town of Bowdoinham has birth records from1792 to present.


Death Certificate 

You may purchase a certified copy of a death record either in person or through the mail. The deceased had to have been living in the Town of Bowdoinham at the time of death or passed away in Bowdoinham. You may purchase a certified copy of a death record either in person or through the mail.

To order a certified copy complete the Request Form. You will also have to provide a copy of a photo ID. It is $15 for the first certified copy and $6 for each additional certified copy of the same record, ordered at the same time. Make checks payable to the Town of Bowdoinham Please do not send cash in the mail. Please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope.  

Mailing Address:
Town of Bowdoinham
Attn:  Town Clerk
13 School Street
Bowdoinham, Maine  04008

The Town of Bowdoinham has death records from 1792 to present.


Hunting Licenses

Applicants for an adult hunting license must show proof of having previously held an adult license to hunt with firearms in any year beginning with 1976 or successful completion of an approved hunter safety course.  Residents must provide proof of residency.


Fishing Licenses

Any resident of this state 16 years of age and older must purchase a license in order to fish in inland waters.

Hunting and Fishing licenses can now be purchased online.

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