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Maine Background Check Resources

Background checks are governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Most state laws concerning public records and background checks are very liberal and straightforward. In the State of Maine, public records are readily available to anyone wishing to obtain them through appropriate official state agency channels. Background checks are instrumental in the parties' ability to enter into various legally binding contracts, and as such, are always a good idea. Background checks generally require a written permission prior to performing the inquiry. Occasionally, it is possible to obtain such reports without permission, but the results may lack in-depth details.

If the background check adversely affects the consumer, the party accessing public records must provide a copy of the report and a summary of the consumer's rights under FCRA, and allow the consumer reasonable time to contest the report. Due to the increasing threat of identity theft, some states (i. e. California) may now require the employer to provide a copy of the background check report to the consumer regardless of its content.

Call the telephone numbers listed below (or visit the listed websites) to learn how to access the specific background check information you're seeking. Public information may be accessible online or by phone, mail or in person.

It's always best to call before sending written inquiries in order to obtain exact addressing/ordering information.

MAINE STATE WEB SITE:
www.state.me.us

Governor's Office

Attorney General's Office

Legislative Records

State Archives
Criminal Records
Maine State Police Department
State Bureau of Identification
36 Hospital St
Augusta ME 04330
(207) 624-7009
(207) 624-7088
www.state.me.us/dps


Driving Records
Department of Motor Vehicles
Driver License and Control
State House Station
Augusta ME 04333
(207) 624-9000
(Fax number not provided)
www.state.me.us/sos/bmv

Vehicle Ownership Information
Department of Motor Vehicles
Registration Section
29 State House Station
Augusta ME 04333-0029
(207) 624-9000 x52149
(207) 624-9204 (fax)
www.state.me.us/sos/bmv

Vital Statistics
(birth, death, divorce, marriage)
Department of Human Services
Vital Statistics
11 State House Station
Augusta ME 04333-0011
(207) 287-3181
(207) 287-1093 (fax)
www.maine.gov/portal/business/corporate.html

Business/Corporate Records
Secretary of State
Reports & Information Division
State House Station
Augusta ME 04333-0101
(207) 624-7752
(207) 624-7736 (fax)
www.maine.gov/portal/business/corporate.html

Workers Compensation Information
Workers Compensation Board
27 State House Station
Augusta ME 04333-0027
(207) 287-7071
(207) 287-5895 (fax)
www.maine.gov/portal/business/corporate.html

UCCs and Tax Liens
Secretary of State
UCC Filing Section
101 State House Station
Augusta ME 04333-0101
(207) 624-7760
(207) 287-5874 (fax)
www.maine.gov/portal/business/corporate.html

State Fishing & Hunting Licenses

It's always best to call before sending written inquiries in order to obtain exact addressing/ordering information.

Note: Government agencies are continually updating and expanding online access to their records; consequently, this page is continually updated and expanded. Check back for the latest information!

City-County Cross Index

Androscoggin County
PO Box 3660
Auburn ME 04212
(207) 783-5450

City of Auburn - Assessor, Property

Aroostook County
240 Sweden St.
Caribou ME 04736
(207) 498-8125

Cumberland County
PO Box 287
Portland ME 04112
(207) 822-4109

ONLINE: Cumberland County Register of Deeds
www.capeelizabeth.com

Cape Elizabeth Town Assessor
www.capeelizabeth.com/taxdata.html
(free database)

Town of Cumberland - Assessor

Town of South Portland - Assessor

City of Portland - Assessor, Property

Franklin County
38 Main St.
Farmington ME 04938
(207) 778-3346

Hancock County
60 State St.
Ellsworth ME 04605
(207) 667-7176

ONLINE: Register of Deeds
www.registryofdeeds.com

City of Ellsworth - Real Estate

Bar Harbor - Assessor

Kennebec County
Clerk of Court
95 State St
Augusta ME 04330
(207) 624-5800

City of Augusta -- Assessor

Knox County
Clerk of Courts
PO Box 1024
Rockland ME 04841
(207) 594-2576

Lincoln County
High St.
Wiscasset ME 04578
(207) 882-7517

Oxford County
Courthouse
26 Western Ave
PO Box 179
South Paris ME 04281-0179
(207) 743-8936

Penobscot County
97 Hammond St
Bangor ME 04401
(207) 561-2300

Piscataquis County
51 E Main St
Dover-Foxcroft ME 04426
(207) 564-8419

Sagadahoc County
752 High St
PO Box 246
Bath ME 04530
(207) 443-9733

ONLINE: Sagadahoc County Register of Deeds
www.cityofbath.com

City of Bath Assessor
www.cityofbath.com/assessdb/search.asp
(free database)

Most Wanted
www.clinic.net/sheriff/mostwant.htm

Somerset County
PO Box 925
Showhegan ME 04976
(207 474-5161

Waldo County
PO Box 526
Machias ME 04654
(207) 338-1940

Washington County
PO Bo526
Machias ME 04654
(207) 255-3326

York County
PO Box 160
Alfred ME 04002
(207) 324-5122

ONLINE: York County Register of Deeds
www.yorknet.org

Town of York - Property Assessor

Town of Saco - Property Assessor