Certified copies of Birth, Marriage and Death records are available at our office. The cost is $15.00 for the first copy and $6.00 for each additional copy of the same record ordered at the same time. Certified copies may be ordered in person at the office at 62 Davenport Street, Milford, Maine or by mail at: PO Box 336 Milford, ME 04461.
New Law Goes Into Effect
A new law went into effect on July 12, 2010 to prevent the fraudulent use of vital records. This new law limits access to any vital recod that is less than 100 years old to those people who have established their direct and legitimate interest in the records.
Until this year, Maine has been one of only a few state that have allowed open access to vital records. In some cases, this also allowed individuals with bad intentions access to your personal information. Under the new law, information from vital records will become completely open to the public 100 years from the date of the event.
As of July 12, 2010, individuals who may access vital records less than 100 years include:
- The person named on the record;
- The person's spouse or registered domestic partner
- The parent(s) named on the record
- The legal custodian, guardian, or conservator or respective authorized representative of the person named on the record (includes attorney, physician, or funeral director)
- Genealogists who have a Maine CDC issued researcher identification card
Proof of identity must also be presented to the municipal clerk or state Vital Records Office staff. A brief application must be filled out and presented, along with positive identification such as a driver's license or other government issued picture identification. Identification requirements apply whether the records are requested in person or by mail.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Why do I need to present positive identification when requesting a record?
While most requests for vital records are honest attempts to obtain one's own personal documentation, some are not; some are attempts to obtain information and documents needed to assume another person's identity. These documents can be used to obtain a driver's license, state photo ID, social security card, and passport under an assumed name. This would then allow for credit card, bank and tax fraud; mail theft, and social and insurance fraud. the requirement that you provide positive identification when requesting a copy of a record helps to protect you and your family from this type of crime.
2. What are acceptable forms of identification?
Acceptable forms of identification include a driver's license, passport or other government issued photo identification.
3. What if I do not have a photo ID?
If you do not have any of the acceptable photo IDs listed above, you may present two items with your name from the following list: a utility bill, bank statement, car registration, copy of an income tax return, a previously issued vital record, a letter from a government agency requesting a vital record, Social Security card, DD214, lease or rental agreement, pay stub, W2, voter registration card, Medicare or Medicaid insurance card, school or employee photo ID. Other forms of identification which list your name, date of birth and address may also be considered.
4. How do I demonstrate direct lineage?
In order to prove direct lineage when requesting vital records for your parents or grandparents, you must be able to prove "direct lineage". A copy of your birth certificate will identify your parents. Your parents' marriage record or their birth certificate(s) would then identify your grandparents.
Other acceptable proof of direct lineage could include a hospital or physician's record of birth or death, baptismal record, school enrollment records, military records, court records, a family bible record, a marriage or birth announcement, an obituary, an insurance application, or an affidavit.
5. How do I request a vital record from the Town of Milford?
To request a birth, marriage or death certificate, fill out this application and return it to the Town of Milford with the following:
Photocopy of photo ID
A self-addressed stamped envelope
Appropriate fees for the number of record(s) being requested ($15.00 for the first copy, $6.00 for each additional copy of the same record ordered at the same time). Please make checks payable to TOWN OF MILFORD
Applications can be sent via mail to:
- Milford Town Clerk
- PO Box 336
- Milford, ME 04461
STATE RESOURCES FOR MORE INFORMATION
Office of Vital Statistics - Birth, marriage and death records for each town in the State from 1923-Present. Also maintains divorce records from state courts.
Maine State Archives - Birth, marriage and death records for each town in the State from 1892-1922.