Notaries & Dedimus Justice
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING STATE GOVERNMENT CLOSURE
In observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday all Secretary of State offices will be closed on
Thursday & Friday, November 28 & 29, 2019.
Notary Public is an ancient office with many citations throughout Maine statute. The primary duty is to formally witness transactions involving paper documents. Maine Notaries, like those in Florida and South Carolina, can officiate at weddings. Only Maine adult residents can become and function as Maine Notaries Public.
Dedimus Justices perform a single function under Maine statute, that of swearing in various public officials, including Notaries Public. The office is a lifetime appointment by the Governor, but the application form is available from and the paperwork managed by the Notary Office in the Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions.
The office of Justice of the Peace was merged into that of Notary Public between 1981 and 1988.