Marriage Intentions

Except for a few exceptional circumstances, you both must appear in person at the Office of the Town Clerk in order to obtain a marriage license. The couple must complete and sign under oath an Intention of Marriage. Information that is essential in completing this form is your social security number, your place of birth, and your mother's maiden name. The fee for filing the Intention of Marriage is $40.00.  

Persons seeking a marriage license must be at least 18 years old or have a court order providing for an exception. As of January 28, 2005, the State of Massachusetts no longer requires the couple to obtain a medical certificate indicating that the premarital blood work test was performed.

Massachusetts requires a mandatory 3 day waiting period from the time the Intention of Marriage is filed before a Marriage License can be issued. A waiver from this period may be obtained from the local District Court. A marriage license must be used within sixty days from the date of filing the Intention of Marriage and may be used for a ceremony conducted in any Massachusetts city or town. The member of the clergy or Justice of the Peace who performs the ceremony must sign the license and return it to the city or town where it was issued.