How to Apply for a Marriage License


  • Both parties must apply together in person at the City Clerk’s Office.
  • If either Party has been Divorced, the divorce must be final before they can apply for the marriage license.
  • There is a $40.00 Application fee.
  • A Marriage license is good for 60 days from date of application.
  • The Marriage must take place in Massachusetts.
  • Photo IDs and Social Security cards are required to apply for license.
  • Birth Certificates are needed for applicants under the age of 20 years.
  • The correct spelling of parents’ names, including mother’s maiden name, are needed.
  • There is a 3 Day waiting period before the license can be picked up.
  • A Court Waiver is needed if couple wishes to marry before the waiting period expires.
  • A Court Order is needed if either Party is under the age of 18 years.
  • The Minister, Justice of the Peace, etc., must be from Massachusetts. If not, he or she must have a Commission from the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s Office.
  • Please expect to spend 20 – 30 minutes filling out the marriage application.
  • Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  • The City Clerk is a Justice of the Peace. Couples wishing to be married in City Hall may do so by appointment.