Registry of Probate
Catherine H. Moore, Register of Probate
William Avantaggio, Judge of Probate
In Maine each county has a Probate Court which is a judicial branch of state government. The court has two elected officials, the Judge of Probate and the Register of Probate who are constitutional officers of the state of Maine. They both are elected to four year terms by the citizens in each county. The Register of Probate is responsible for the day to day operation of the court and maintaining of records as required by the Maine Revised Statutes. Court is in session each Wednesday of the month with the Judge of Probate presiding.
The Probate Court has jurisdiction over all subject matters relating to admitting wills to probate, appointment of personal representative, appointment of guardians and conservators, name changes, adoptions.
Records in the Lincoln County Probate Court begin in 1760. On file in the Probate Court is the original will of General Henry Knox, Secretary of War for President George Washington.
Additional services provided by the Lincoln County Probate Court are genealogy research and the processing of United States passport applications.
The present Judge of Probate is William Avantaggio, a practicing attorney in Newcastle. The present Register of Probate is Catherine H. Moore of Jefferson. Additional staff in the Probate Court include the Deputy Register, Toni Lorom and the Probate Clerk.
ALL SERVICES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Office Hours: Monday-Friday
Please call 882-7392 to make an appointment before you arrive.
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All vital record requests, such as birth, death or marriage records should be addressed to the Maine State Office of Vital Records by calling: 207-287-3771 or the town or city clerk’s office holding the vital records you need
Records of Land Transactions contact Registry of Deeds
Lincoln County Registry of Probate
PASSPORT APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR PROCESSING
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
When applying for your passport please bring the following:
• DS-11 application, black ink, no white-out- Read Privacy Act Statement on page
4 of the application.
• Proof of Citizenship (certified copy of birth certificate (issued from city, state or
town), previous US passport or Naturalization certificate)
• Passport Photos may be taken here, at the Lincoln County Probate Office,
• Proof of Identity: A current valid photo ID (military, state or driver’s license).
If your license is for a state other than Maine, you need a second form of ID.
• Checks, money orders payable to: US Dept. of State and Lincoln County
If you have not yet completed an application, we can provide one to you.
It will take you approximately 10 minutes to complete this application.
ALL PERSONS APPLYING MUST BE PRESENT – INCLUDING MINORS
AGE 16 OR 17 – ONE PARENT MUST BE PRESENT
UNDER AGE 16 – BOTH PARENTS MUST BE PRESENT
Passport Fee Processing Fee
US Dept of State Registry of Probate
Adult (16 and over) Book $130 $35
Card $30 $35
Both $160 $35
Minor (under 16) Book $100 $35
Card $15 $35
Both $115 $35
1-2 Day Delivery Fee $19.53 (as of 1/23/2023)
Routine service: 8-11 weeks*
Expedited: 5-7 weeks and an extra $60*
*Mailing times are not included in processing times. Processing times only include the time your application is at one of the passport agencies or centers. The total time to get your passport includes both processing and mailing times. It may take up to 2 weeks for applications to arrive by mail at a passport agency or center, and up to 2 weeks for you to receive a completed passport in the mail after they print it. Consider the total time it will take to receive your passport when you are booking travel.
**If you are traveling within 72 hours or have a life-or-death emergency, please**
contact the National Passport Office directly at: 1-877-487-2778