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Massachusetts Marriage License Requirements

Below is the information on what you need to bring with you, and what you need to know about the marriage laws before filling out the marriage license forms.

In order to get married, you need to apply and receive a marriage license. This is the document that allows you to officially be married under the law. Always check with your city's marriage bureau at your clerk of court's office to find out what your local rules are.

Licenses are usually not valid for more than 30 days so you'll typically need to apply for your marriage license within one month of your wedding ceremony. You need to submit your birth certificates, tax information, and other official documents.

When you apply for your license, you'll not only need a proof of identification and age, will need to provide any information about previous marriages, and will need to pay a nominal fee. You will also need to have a witness when you sign the application, so plan on bringing your maid of honor or best man with you. The bride will need to know what her married name will be before she signs the marriage certificate. You'll have to write that name on the application.

IMPORTANT: You are not officially married when you receive a marriage license. You need to have a justice of the peace or a religious clergyman sign the document. On your wedding day, you'll give your officiant your marriage license, then after the ceremony, he'll sign it and send it to the proper government agency for validation.

ID Requirement: Picture ID such as a driver's license. If application is mailed or faxed in, it must be witnessed by a Notary Public.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Massachusetts.

Waiting Period: 3 days.

If Divorced: If divorced within the last 60 days, a certified copy of the divorce decree is needed.

Fees: Cash Only! $25

Other Tests: No tests

Under 18: Need certified copy of birth certificate, both parents must be present with identification, or if you have a legal guardian they must be present with a court order and identification.

Officiants: The minister, priest or rabbi of any church or congregation in the state may perform marriages. Ministers must provide marriage certificates to the couple married and report the marriage to the Marriage Commissioner.

Valid: License is valid for 90 days anywhere in Massachusetts.
The license can only be used within the State of Massachusetts.


IMPORTANT: State and county marriage license requirements can change so make sure you check with your local town clerk. This information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any plans.

Adams Town Clerk 8 Park St, # 110 Adams, MA 01220 413-743-8320
Barnstable Town Hall Main St, Route 6 Barnstable, MA 02630 508-790-6200
Belmont Town ClerkTown Hall 455 Concord Ave Belmont, MA 02478 617-489-8201
Boston Town ClerkRegistry Division One City Hall Square Boston, MA 02201 617-635-4175
Cambridge City Clerk 795 Massachusetts Ave, # 103 Cambridge, MA 02141 617-349-4260
Dedham Town Clerk 26 Bryant St Dedham, MA 02026 781-751-9200
Edgartown Town Clerk 70 Main St Edgartown, MA 02539 508-627-6110
Fall River City Clerk 1 Government Ctr Fall River, MA 02722 508-324-2220
Fitchburg City Clerk 718 Main St, # 117 Fitchburg, MA 01420 978-345-9592
Franklin Town ClerkRegistry of Deeds 425 Main St Greenfield, MA 01302 413-772-0239
Great Barrington Clerk 334 Main St Great Barrington, MA 01230 413-528-3140
Lawrence City Clerk 200 Common St Lawrence, MA 01840 978-794-5803
Lowell City Clerk 375 Merrimack St, # 31 Lowell, MA 01853 978-970-4161
Nantucket Town Clerk 16 Broad St Nantucket, MA 02554 508-228-7216
New Bedford City Clerk 133 William St, # 118 New Bedford, MA 02740 508-979-1450
Northampton City Clerk 210 Main St North Hampton, MA 01060 413-587-1224
Pittsfield City Clerk 70 Allen St Pittsfield, MA 01201 413-499-9361
Plymouth Town Clerk 11 Lincoln St Plymouth, MA 02360 508-830-4050
Salem City Clerk 93 Washington St Salem, MA 01970 978-745-9595
Springfield City Clerk 6 Court St, # 123 Springfield, MA 01103 413-781-8100
Taunton City Clerk 15 Summer St Taunton, MA 02780 508-821-1024
Worcester Marriage ClerkCity Clerk Office 455 Main St, # 206 Worcester, MA 01608 508-799-1126