Information from the Town Clerk

How China Got Its Name 

China CoinIn 1818, the Town of Harlem was incorporated as the Town of China.  Its voters had chosen the name Bloomville.  Maine was then a part of Massachusetts and in those days Boston, the legislative seat, was a week’s journey by horse and wagon.  Harlem’s representative was not allowed to use the name Bloomville as there was another town in the United States by that name.  With hometown sentiment 200 miles away and no telephone or telegraph, it was entirely up to him to present a new name. 

As the hymn “China” was a great favorite of his, he presented that name. Here is a copy of the China hymn!

Information on the history of China, Maine

Renew your motor vehicle or trailer online and pay by credit card or e-check at 

Register your dog online at

ATV, Boat & Snowmobile renewals may be processed online directly through the State of Maine at

Town Office w FlowersHunting & fishing licenses through the State of Maine at

Birth, death and marriage licenses can be purchased online at or or you may contact the town office at 445-2014 option 3 or by email at

Census information is available online at 2020 Census data.

Here is a printable version of the Doris L. Young Scholarship.

Sole Proprietorship and Pawnbroker License applications are available.  

Interested in joining a committee? Please fill out the volunteer application and return to the Town Clerk.

Clerks email address is: 

Vital Record Forms

Absentee ballot request service (State only)

Demographic Profile of China's Older Residents

Bio Renewable Fuels Waste Discharge License 8/3/2017

District map

Partnership- Certificate of Association application

Spirit of America Award nomination form- fillable

Community Resilience Survey Results - Graph

Community Resilience Survey Other Responses Results (write-in option)

Town Office
571 Lakeview Drive
China, ME 04358

Phone: (207) 445-2014
Fax: (207) 445-2014

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 7:30am - 4:30pm
CLOSED Wednesdays
First & Last Saturday of each month 8am - 11am

Transfer Station
191 Alder Park Rd
China, Maine 04358

Phone: (207) 445-2014, option 2

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday - 7am-5pm
Saturday - 7am-3pm
CLOSED Sunday, Monday & Thursday

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