Maine Birth Records Search

Maine’s Office of Vital Records is the entity responsible for collecting and maintaining Maine birth records. They have archived records dating back to 1892. All current records may be obtained from the central office or town municipal offices.

Maine Public birth records are closed until the age of 75 then they are made public records. Therefore, only the following people may gain access to ME birth records: you if you are 18 or older, your spouse, parents, children, grandchildren, your legal guardian or custodian or a genealogist performing research.

You must prove you have a relationship with the person on record and direct and tangible interest in the record if you are obtaining one that is not for yourself.

When applying, you must prove your identity with a valid, photo ID such as driver’s license, passport or other government-issued ID.

If you have questions or need additional information, you can reach them at (207) 287-3771.

Types of ME Birth Records

The state offers two types of birth records that you can choose from.

  • Certified Copy - this is a legal document verifying your identity, and you can use it to get a driver’s license, passport or when applying for college, the military or government positions.
  • Non-Certified Copy - this is an informational copy only and cannot be used legally to verify your identity.

The state can also amend a birth certificate to change information contained on it or add a parent. You may also file for a delayed birth registration with the Vital Records Office in the area.

State Population

The state of Maine has a population of 1.34 million people. Famous for its lobster and rocky coastline, it is the 41st most populated state in America.

The state has one of the slowest growth rates in the country at 0.03%. This figure ranks them 48th nationwide.

It is the least densely populated state in all of New England with only 43.1 people per square mile. It became an independent state on March 15, 1820.

State Population
1 birth every 2483 seconds

1 death every 3725 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are more women than men in Maine. The total population of Maine is estimated at 1,330,232 people with 651,564 male and 678,668 female. There are 27,104 more more women than men in the state, which is 51.02% of the total population.

The Maine Gender Ratio is 96 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.96. State’s gender ratio is lower than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.

Gender ratio in 2016


Total population in 2016


Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016

Maine Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 9.84 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 12,705 total births making it lower than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 12,705, 0.32% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Maine

Top 5 states with a lower birth rate than Maine Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Maine
Connecticut - 9.29Utah - 16.47
Massachusetts - 9.74Georgia - 12.63
Rhode Island - 9.04Alabama - 12.25
New Hampshire - 9.11South Dakota - 14.32
Vermont - 9.35North Carolina - 12.09

Top 5 Counties in Maine with the lowest/highest Birth Rate

Top 5 counties in Maine with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in Maine with the highest birth rate
York County - 9.38Androscoggin County - 11.62
Kennebec County - 9.65Penobscot County - 9.77
Cumberland County - 9.69Cumberland County - 9.69
Penobscot County - 9.77Kennebec County - 9.65
Androscoggin County - 11.62York County - 9.38

Fertility Rate in ME

In Maine the fertility rate based on historical data went from 54.26 to 55.42 from 2010-2016, and currently is lower than the crude fertility rate of the US - 54.92 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 27.63 to 28.58.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

Fertility Rate By County

The top reproductive counties of Maine are Androscoggin County - 63.28, Kennebec County - 54.56 and York County - 54.37. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:

County Fertility rate
Penobscot County52.09
Cumberland County51.39

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain a Maine Birth Certificate

You can perform a Maine birth records search and get a copy of your certificate in one of three ways; visit in person, through the mail or Maine birth records search online.

You can choose to visit the Maine Vital Records office located at 220 Capitol Street in Augusta, ME any weekday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

If you order by mail, don’t forget to include a self-address, stamped envelope for them to return your certificate. Mail your application, copy of your ID and fees to: Vital Records, 11 State House Station, 220 Capitol Street, Augusta, ME 04333-0011

You can also order online through the VitalChek system. When ordering online, you can pay with a credit card.

The State charges $15 for the first copy and $6 for each additional copy. Non-certified copies cost $10 each. Be sure to make checks and money orders payable to Treasurer - State of Maine.

Maine Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: Certified $15.00
Non-Certified $10.00
Organization: Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Address:11 State House Station; 220 Capitol Street, Augusta, ME 04333-0011
Remarks: State office physically houses records since 1923. Records from 1892-1922 housed at the Maine State Archives. For earlier records, write to the municipality where the event occurred. Additional copies of same record ordered at same time are $6.00 each. To purchase a record, the request must include proof of identification (photocopy of valid photo IDs such as a driver’s license, passport, or other government-issued photo identification), written request, self-addressed stamped envelope and proof of lineage (if the requestor is not listed on the record) or direct and legitimate interest in the record, if applicable. Personal check or money order should be made payable to Treasurer, State of Maine. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (207) 287-3181, or toll-free at 1-888-664-9491. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Official State of Maine website..