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Massachusetts State, MA

State of Massachusetts
Application Process

  • The fee for filing the Intention of Marriage in Massachusetts varies from city to town and is required at the time of application.

  • You must be 18 years of age or older. If either party is under 18

  • Couples who wish to be married in Massachusetts must apply in person, together and at the same time and have a marriage license issued within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

  • Both parties must show valid government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, state ID, or passport).

  • Massachusetts has a (3) three-day waiting period.

  • In Massachusetts you may file your intentions with the City/Town Clerk in any community in the state.


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Application: pdf format of Marriage Without Delay/Marriage of Minors (CJD 430)
Marriage without Delay/Marriage of Minors 


Application Requirements:

The following information outlines the procedures you must follow to obtain the license.

  • Both persons must apply must apply in person, together and at the same time for a marriage license.

  • If a person is in the military, intentions may be filed by either party, provided one is a Massachusetts resident.

  • In the case of same-sex marriages, both parties must be residents of Massachusetts or show documentation that satisfies the City/Town Clerk that they intend to reside in Massachusetts after being married.


ID Requirement:

  • Both parties must show valid government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, state ID, or passport).

  • Both parties must know their Social Security numbers to complete their Marriage Intention Form.


Residency Requirement:

You do not have to be a state resident to get married in Massachusetts, but you must obtain a valid marriage license issued by a Massachusetts City/Town Clerk. An out-of-state marriage license cannot be used.


Waiting Period:

Yes, there is a mandatory (3) three day waiting period. While Sundays and holidays are included in the three days, the day the application is made is not. For example, if you apply on Friday, your license will be issued on or after Monday. Check with the City/Town Clerk in the city or town in which you intend to file your intentions whether you must pick it up in person, or if it can be mailed.


Court Waiver:

If you and your prospective spouse must marry before the 72 hour waiting period is over, you can seek to have the waiting period waived by filing a request for a Marriage without Delay  pdf format of Marriage Without Delay/Marriage of Minors (CJD 430)
with the probate court or district court in the city or town, or county where you originally applied for the license. If you are not married within the 60 days after your license was granted, you must apply for a new license. 


Previous Marriages: Search Divorce Records

If either person was previously married, joined in a civil union, a registered domestic partnership, or other legally binding relationship recognized by another state, this relationship must be legally dissolved (meaning your divorce must be final) before applying for a Massachusetts marriage license.


Marriage License Fees:

Although state statute stipulates a fee for a marriage license, it also allows cities and towns by a vote of their city councils, boards of selectmen or town meeting or by a change in the by-laws to set their own fee. So call your local City/Town Clerk in which you plan to file your intentions before making any travel plans.


Blood test:

A pre-marital blood test is not required as part of the process of obtaining a license to be married in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


Name Change:

Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed. If you need to change your last name, you can use an online marriage name change kit.



Under 18:

You must be 18 years of age or older. If either party is under 18, a Marriage of Minors pdf format of Marriage Without Delay/Marriage of Minors (CJD 430)
application form must be filed with the probate court or district court where the minor lives.


Proxy Marriages:

No. However, if either party is in the military, or is incarcerated, intentions may be filed by either party, provided one is a Massachusetts resident.


Cousin Marriages:

Yes.


Common Law Marriages:

No.


Same Sex Marriages:

Yes, same-sex couples can get married in Massachusetts.


Solemnization of Marriage:

One of the most important parts of planning your wedding is determining who will actually perform the ceremony. There are three (3) primary groups of people that can legally solemnize a marriage in Massachusetts:

After the wedding ceremony is complete, whomever you chose to perform the ceremony must sign and return your marriage license to the City/Town Clerk where it was issued so it can be legally recorded.


Registration To Perform (Solemnize) Marriages:

Want a friend or family member to perform the ceremony? If they’re over 18 they can apply for a One Day Marriage Designation from the Governor’s Office. The application must be in at least six weeks, but no more than three months, before the ceremony is to take place.


License Validity Time:

License is valid for sixty (60) days.


Witnesses:

Witnesses are not required in Massachusetts.


Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
Department of Public Health
150 Mt. Vernon Street
Boston, MA 02125
Telephone: 617.740.2600


Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. For more information regarding Massachusetts marriage license laws please visit www.sec.state.ma.us.