Canaan, Maine

Monday, October 21, 2019, 6:00pm Selectmen Meeting at Canaan Town Office

The Canaan Maine Fire Department is Actively Seeking Volunteers

Online Vehicle & Trailer Registrations

The Town of Canaan now offers Rapid Renewal for vehicle and trailer registrations! Click on the link below and follow the prompts to complete your registration renewal and then you will receive your new stickers in the mail. 

Vital Records Requests

The Town of Canaan now offers online requests for Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates. If you are in need of one of these records and are unable to come into the office, click here and select Canaan in the Issuing Municipality drop-down menu. We will receive a notification of your request, and will process accordingly. If you have any questions, contact us at the town office. 

Basic Fees

  • Credit/Debit Card Merchant Fee – 2.5% of total amount due
  • OUTGOING/INCOMING FAX - $1.00 1ST PAGE, 25 cents for each additional page
  • Photocopies - .25 cents per page
  • Notary Fees - $1 per signature
  • Full Set of Tax Maps (paper) $20
  • Commitment Book $20
  • Tax Cards $1 per page
  • Birth, Marriage, Death Certificates $15, $6 for each additional copy, same day
  • Marriage License $40
  • Dog Licenses $6 altered dog - $11 non-altered
  • Rent the Fire Station $150- click here for Use of Facility application

Hunting & Fishing Licenses

The Canaan Town Office is an agent for the State of Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Department and may issue hunting and fishing licenses.
The Town Office does not issue duck stamps. Those must be purchased through the US Postal Service.
If you are purchasing a hunting license you must show proof of having previously held an adult hunting license to hunt with firearms in any year beginning with1976 or successful completion of an approved hunter safety course from this or any other state.
 You may also purchase your license by utilizing the State of Maine's online services.
Click Here for Online Hunting/Fishing Licenses.

Boat Registrations

Boat registrations are subject to excise tax. The amount of the tax is based on the length of the boat, the age of the boat, and the horsepower of the motor. The registration fee is based on the horsepower of the motor. An agent fee of $1.00 is also collected. Boat excise tax must be paid in the owner's town of residence regardless of where the boat is docked. Boat registrations expire December 31 each year. Dories & Canoes 20’ and under without a motor are excise exempt – but still must be registered with State of Maine Boat sticker/milfoil.

Vehicle & Trailer Registration

Residents of the Town of Canaan may register their vehicle or trailer at the Town Office during regular business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday or Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m OR Online Re-Registrations at:
Register Your Vehicle or Trailer
If you would like a reminder to register your vehicles, you may sign up for email reminders by emailing us your request or by completing a sign-up sheet at the town office.  You will receive an email approximately fifteen days prior to when your registration expires.  The email will tell you how much it will cost to re-register your car.

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Recreational Vehicle Registration

Residents of Canaan may register their recreational vehicle at the Town Office. At this time, the Town of Canaan does not participate in online registrations.
Residency Requirements: No person may be considered a resident of the State of Maine (as it relates to obtaining a resident vehicle registration) if the person has not: 
·         If registered to vote, registered in the State of Maine
·         If licensed to drive, made application for a Maine drivers license;
·         If owning a vehicle located within the state, registered vehicles in Maine
·         Complied with State Income Tax laws and
·         If a full time student, at a Maine college for 3 months AND satisfies above requirements.

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Dog Licenses

Dogs 6 Months & Older Must Be Registered Within 10 Days of Ownership

As required by Maine State law, every dog over 6 months of age shall be licensed by its owner in the Town/City where the dog resides within 10 days of ownership. Licenses are valid until December 31st of each year. Please bring a certificate of spay/neutering (if applicable), and a current rabies certificate. The fee for spayed/neutered dogs is $6.00 per year, and for unaltered dogs the fee is $11.00 per year. A late fee of $25 will be applied after January 31. Dog licenses can be purchased at the Town Office during regular office hours.

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Marriage Licenses


Information you will need prior to scheduling your Marriage License appointment (plan 1/2 hr):

Valid picture ID – Maine Driver’s License/ID card or Passport

Court Certified Divorce Decree of most recent divorce for each applicant (must have raised seal of originating court)

Proof of Canaan residency (if not on driver’s license)

Both must be present to sign in presence of the Town Clerk

Form requires names of applicant parents, including mother’s maiden name, and each parent's state of birth

Must be at least 18 years of age (if underage, see 5. Below)

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Marriage Certificates

Once the wedding ceremony is complete, and the Town Clerk receives the marriage license back at the Town Office, the Municipal Clerk records the marriage and the license/certificate of marriage will be filed at the Town Office forever. After the license is recorded, the couple may obtain a Certificate of Marriage from the Office of the Municipal Clerk.
The Certificate of Marriage is needed for a name change on a driver's license, passport, bank account, social security card, etc.

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Births, Deaths, and Marriages

Recording Vital Statistics is the process of collecting data of all births, deaths, and marriages that occur in the municipality, or involve its residents, so that the permanent records may be preserved. State law requires hospitals, physicians, funeral directors, ministers, notary publics, and others to complete certificates of all marriages, births and deaths in our municipality and file them with the Municipal Clerk promptly.
Effective July 12, 2010, the law preventing fraudulent use of vital records went into effect. Maine's law requires a person requesting a copy of birth records less than 75 years old, marriage records less than 50 years old, and death records less than 25 years old to provide documentation establishing their direct and legitimate interest in the records. Please click on the links below for more specific information on obtaining these vital records.

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Plumbing & Electricity Hook-up

Plumbing Permits

Interior Plumbing Permits: please provide 3 signed copies at the time of submitting applications to the Town Office for Code Enforcement and Plumbing Inspector Randy Gray’s approval.
            Note: fees are indicated on the application as $10.00 per fixture
Click here for a copy of the plumbing application.
Septic designs: please provide 3 signed copies at the time of submitting applications to the Town Office for Code Enforcement and Plumbing Inspector Randy Gray’s approval along with $265.00.

Click here for a list of local site evaluators.

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Town Office Hours

Monday 8am to 4pm
Tuesday 8am to 4pm
Wednesday 11am to 7pm
Thursday 8am to 4pm
Friday 8am to 4pm

Holiday Closings

Important Phone Numbers

Town Office
(207) 474-8976
(207) 612-2037 (fax)


Town Clerk
(207) 474-8682


Public Library
(207) 474-2149


Post Office
(207) 474-3349