How do I apply for a marriage license?
According to Massachusetts law, you must jointly file intentions to marry with the city or town clerk in any community in the state. The filing cost ranges from $4.00 to $50.00 depending on the town in which you file.
Is there a waiting period?
Yes there is a mandatory three day waiting period once you receive your marriage license.
May we marry before the three day waiting period?
Yes. You must obtain a waiver from a court in which case you may marry the day after applying for your marriage license. The cost to do this is $195 and you will need to fill out a Marriage Without Delay form. Keep in mind that courts are only open on week days so if you apply on a Friday, you must obtain your waiver and return to the town hall with the waiver before town hall closes for the day.
Is a blood test required?
No, Massachusetts does not require couples to have a blood test to get married.
Is it necessary to have witnesses at the ceremony?
No, Massachusetts does not require witnesses to be present for your ceremony.
At what age may a couple marry?
Massachusetts residents may marry if they are 18 years of age or older.
How long is a marriage license valid?
A Massachusetts marriage license is valid for 60 days from the date of issue.