Marriage License Info

Getting your marriage license in Massachusetts is fairly easy.

Anyone planning to be wed in Massachusetts requires a current marriage license issued by the Commonwealth whether or not you live within the state. This license does not have to be from the town that you are getting married in or the town in which you currently reside. It is necessary to apply together in person “to file your intentions” with any city or town clerk. Fees do tend to vary from town to town. Massachusetts requires the couple be both over the age of 18. Same sex marriage is legal, however only for residents.

Massachusetts imposes a three-day waiting period from the day you file your “marriage intentions” to the day you pick-up your license. A Massachusetts marriage license is valid anywhere within the state for sixty days from the date first filed.