All persons who wish to be
married in Massachusetts must have a marriage
license issued within the State of Massachusetts.
Out-of -State marriage licenses cannot be
used in Massachusetts.
The couple must apply in person
for a marriage intention application. This
requirement applies to both residents and
There is a
(3) three day waiting period to receive your
license. License is valid for (60) sixty days
from the day you originally file and may be
used in any city or town within the Commonwealth.
This license cannot be used outside of this
state. A waiver of the (3) three day waiting
period can be applied for at the city or town
clerk’s office where you apply and then
presented to a court of competent jurisdiction
Any person filing in Massachusetts
who has been married and is divorced does
not have to file divorce papers, but that
individual’s divorce must be FINAL at
the time of the application date.
Federal Statutes requires
the collection of Social Security numbers
(SSNs) at the time of application.
When either person is under
(18) eighteen years old, a court order must
be obtained from the probate court or district
court where the minor resides. The parent
must accompany the under age person along
with the eligible person to the court prior
to filing for the license.
A Priest, Minister, Rabbi
or a Justice of the Peace may perform the
ceremony. A Justice of the Peace does not
require witnesses to the ceremony but some
religions may require witnesses so you should
contact such person before the ceremony so
that requirement can be met.
The person who performs the
ceremony of marriage must sign the license
and return it to the city or town where it
was issued. That is the only place where the
license will be registered.
Out of State clergy may perform
the ceremony here provide that an authorization
has been obtained from the Secretary of States
Office at the McCormack Building prior to
the ceremony. An office has been set aside
for this purpose at: Public Records Division,
Department of State Secretary, One Ashburton
Place, Room, 1701, Boston, MA. 02108. Tel
(617) 727-2836. The marriage license will
not be registered unless the required authorization
is enclosed with the license.
The fee for a Marriage License
in Everett is $25.00. For further information