Frequently Asked Questions

Marriage within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Q. What is the process in applying for a marriage license?

A. Couples must appear in person together at the City/Town Clerk’s Office. Proper identification with proof of age will be required.

Q. Must we apply for our marriage license within the city/town we intend to be married in?

A. No, a marriage license may be issued by any Massachusetts City/Town Clerk and will be valid throughout the Commonwealth.

Q. Is there a waiting period after filing our marriage intentions?

A. There is a mandatory 3-day waiting period from the filing date. This waiting period may be waived by court order.

Q. At what age may a couple marry?

A. Each person filing marriage intentions must be at least 18 years of age. If under the age of 18 a court order must be obtained.

Q. Are blood tests required when applying for a marriage license?

A. No, blood tests are no longer required.

Q. How long will our marriage license be valid?

A. A marriage license is valid for 60 days from the date your intentions are filed. Important to note is that the 60 day period begins on your filing date, not the date on which you pick up your license.

Q. Is it necessary to have a witness present at our ceremony?

A. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts does not require a witness be present at your marriage. The Officiant serves as witness.

Additional information may be found on the Official Website of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.