Marriage License Information
APPLICATION FEE: $25.00
***PLEASE NOTE: OUR OFFICE ONLY ACCEPTS PAYMENTS BY CASH, CHECK, OR MONEY ORDER. DEBIT/CREDIT CARDS ARE NOT ACCEPTED. THANKS***
Intentions of Marriage can be filed in our office during regular business hours. (Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm) Both parties must be present to complete the Intention. Once the intention is filed, the marriage license must be used within 60 days. Applications must be completed at least 3 business days before the wedding to comply with the mandatory State of MA 3 day waiting period.*** If either party was divorced within the last 18 months, you must bring a copy of your NISI / Final Divorce Decree.
***THE ONLY WAY TO WAIVE THE 3 DAY WAITING PERIOD IS FOR THE COUPLE TO GO BEFORE A JUDGE AT PROBATE COURT AFTER YOU HAVE FILED THE INTENTION. THE FEE FOR THIS WAIVER IS CURRENTLY APPROXIMATELY $200.00.
Please note: Marriage licenses obtained in Massachusetts can only be used for marriages occuring in Massachusetts. A couple being married anywhere in Massachusetts can file in any City or Town Hall in the state of MA for the license.
(Justice of the Peace services are available through our office.)
IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE***If you will be having a family member or friend perform your ceremony, or a person who is NOT from Massachusetts, they must obtain a commission from the MA Secretary of State's office, prior to your ceremony. This is mandatory even if they have been ordained as a minister or are a clergy member. (Unless they have already registered as an authorized clergy member - also with the MA Secretary of State's office.)
BOTH MA RESIDENT CLERGY AND OUT OF STATE RESIDENT CLERGY MUST BE REGISTERED WITH THE MA SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE (MA CLERGY) OR HAVE A COMMISSION (OUT OF STATE CLERGY) TO LEGALLY PERFORM A MARRIAGE CERMONY IN MASSACHUSETTS.
SEE LINKS BELOW FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
click HERE for MA Secretary of State's Commissions website for commissions for NON-CLERGY
click HERE for MA Secretary of State's Commissions website for OUT OF STATE CLERGY
click HERE for MA Secretary of State's Commissions website for MA RESIDENT CLERGY