Notaries & Dedimus Justice

For the health and safety of the public and our employees, our customer service window remains closed. Our office will accept documents required to be filed with the Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions via an onsite document mailbox. 


**NOTICE**

Governor Mills signs Executive Order for Temporary Remote Notarization of Paper Documents https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/sites/maine.gov.governor.mills/files/inline-files/EO37.pdf

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING STATE GOVERNMENT CLOSURE

In observance of Veterans Day, all Secretary of State offices will be closed Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

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.

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