Notaries & Dedimus Justice

NOTICE: In observance of Veterans' Day, the Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions will be closed on Friday, November 10, 2017.

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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