's Citizen Alert System & State Service Updates's Citizen Alert System has been established as a way for Maine state government to keep the public informed about events that may impact public health or safety. Information issued through the Citizen Alert System is provided directly from authorized state government officials.

We encourage you to check the home page to verify whether an urgent event is occurring and to get information about the event and any precautions or actions you should take. A special icon and text appears near the top left of the page. When an alert is in effect, the alert area will turn red, and the text next to the link will indicate an active alert.  You can sign-up for email or SMS Alerts at


Vital Records

In the event a municipality is not open to the public or is closed, certified copies of death certificates may be ordered directly through the Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS) or via mail.  If the State of Maine offices close to the public, notification will be sent to Maine licensed crematories to accept a working copy of the death certificate (provided the death certificate has a State file number) in addition to the disposition permit and medical examiner’s release. 

If a municipal office is closed to the public, marriage licenses may be issued via mail upon receipt of notarized intentions, the $40.00 fee and documentation how the last marriage ended.   The marriage license will be returned to the parties by mail.  Signatures can be obtained by the person performing the marriage when the marriage is performed.   If there are no municipal clerk or staff at the office, the intentions may be filed at a neighboring town or directly with DRVS.

Customers requesting vital records should be encouraged to mail in the written request, copy of their photo identification and payment.  Please contact or with any questions regarding process or procedures.