The Town Clerk’s office is located at 809 Embden Pond Road, and is the official record keeper for the Town of Embden. The Town Clerk maintains the safekeeping and preservation of Town Records, including but not limited to: vital records (birth, marriage, death, and burial); Board of Selectpersons’ records; and other official Town documents. The Town Clerk is responsible for administering oaths, preparing the warrant and agenda for the Board of Selectpersons, licensing dogs, and issuing hunting and fishing licenses. The Town Clerk oversees the administering of all municipal and state elections and voter registrations in accordance with Maine Law; and provides information on a variety of matters to the public.
It is the mission of the Municipal Clerk to provide excellent customer service and to serve the public in a courteous and friendly manner; and to give support to the Town Selectpersons, and the citizens of the Town of Embden by accurately recording and maintaining the proceedings of the Board and all town records.
The current Town Clerk is Bonnie A. Baker. She has served the Town as Clerk, Treasurer, and Registrar since 2009, and prior to that served as Deputy Clerk, Deputy Treasurer, and Election Clerk. She is a Notary Public, and holds the title of Certified Clerk of Maine.
Contact the Town Clerk at (207) 566-5551, or click here to e-mail her.
The Town Clerk’s Office provides the following services:
The Town Clerk’s Office is responsible for maintaining all vital records (birth, death, and marriage) for the Town of Embden.
The primary objective of the vital records function of the Department is to obtain and preserve documentary evidence concerning births, marriages and deaths that is necessary to protect the legal rights of individuals.
Municipal clerks file vital records for events which occur in the state of Maine.
If a child is born in Maine, a copy of the birth certificate is filed in the town/city where the birth occurred and the town/city where the mother resided at the time of the child’s birth. Birth certificates are necessary to enroll in school, apply for a driver or marriage license, to secure a passport or travel visa, to participate in many athletic programs, and to apply for social security and other public program benefits.
A death certificate is filed in the municipality where the deceased resided. Death certificates are necessary for many critical legal functions, including: burial procedures, and the processing of insurance benefits, estate settlement, and transfer of stocks, bonds, personal property, and real estate.
A marriage license is filed where the bride and groom applied for the license and the town/city where the marriage took place.
See Getting Married in Maine for more information.
Note: All vital records are also filed with the State of Maine Office of Vital Records.
Elections are a big part of the Town Clerk’s duties. The Clerk oversees all election duties from registering residents to vote to the final tallies on election night.
All Embden residents vote at the Town Office for all elections. Polls open at 8 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. (for most elections).
Absentee voting is available 30-45 days prior to each local and State election. Absentee voting for school budget validation referendums are available 10 days prior. See online absentee voter request (for state elections only).
A voter must meet the following qualifications to vote in the municipality:
- Must be a U.S. citizen;
- Must be at least 18 years of age;
- Must have established and must maintain a voting residence in that municipality;
- Must be registered to vote in that municipality;
- Must be enrolled in a party to vote at a caucus, convention or primary election.
Any citizen wishing to register to vote may do so at the Town Office during regular business hours. Registration is also accepted at the polls on Election Day. See more information on voter registration.
- A Notary Public is available during Town Office business hours.
Hunting & Fishing Licenses:
Both resident and non-resident Hunting and Fishing licenses can be obtained at the Town Office or get a Maine fishing license online.
For a Hunting License, proof of a prior license of a like type or an appropriate Hunter Safety course is required for all hunters 16 years of age and older.
Fees are set by the State and may be paid by check or cash (make check out to: Town of Embden).
State law requires that all dogs be licensed in the municipality in which they reside. All dogs 6 months and older must have a license. If you become the owner of a dog 6 months or older, the dog MUST be licensed within 10 days. All dog licenses expire December 31st of each year. Renewal of licenses for the following year can be done at the Town Clerk’s Office beginning October 15th of each year. All dog renewals must be completed by January 31 of the calendar year. You will need the following information in order to register your dog:
- Current State of Maine Rabies Certificate
- Veterinarian’s name and phone number
- Spay or Neuter Certificate (if your dog has been “fixed”)
- Cash or check (make check out to: Town of Embden)
Dog & Kennel Licensing Fees Chart
Dog: Male/Female $11.00
Dog: Spay/Neuter $6.00
Kennel: 1-10 Dogs $42.00 (Each Kennel License is allowed up to 10 dogs)
Replacement Tag: $1.00
Transfer License: $1.00
Late Fees: (After Jan. 31st ) $25.00 additional per dog