Congratulations. Your first step will be to come to Town Hall and visit the Town Clerk’s Office.
Per Massachusetts law, you must be at least 18 years of age to marry and not be married to someone else at the time of subsequent marriage.
You will be provided with a statement from The Commonwealth of Massachusetts – Legal Impediments to Marriage Document. This document will need to be read by both individuals who plan to marry.
There are several forms that will need to be completed by both parties planning to marry. Please remember when completing the forms it is essential the forms be completed in black ink, in print lettering and legible. You will be requested to complete the following forms:
Notice of Intention of Marriage Form – On this form you must write out your entire name including your middle name. It is also important to write out your parent’s full names and your mother’s maiden name. Please do not complete the bottom portion of the form until told do so by the Town Clerk.
Registry of Vital Records and Statistics Form – This form is capturing your social security number. If you do not have a social security number leave the field blank.
Marriage Worksheet – This worksheet captures the officiant’s name, marriage location and the date of the marriage.
Address Form - Complete the form with the address you would like to receive your marriage certificate.
On the Notice of Intention of Marriage Form, you will need to choose whether or not you would like to be Party A or Party B. Complete the remaining forms as the same Party you selected.
It is important to remember Massachusetts has a three day wait period before you can be married. The completed marriage intention form is only valid for 60 days. The Town Clerk will advise you of the 60 day marriage expiration date.
All forms must be completed at Town Hall and under no circumstance can the forms leave the premises of Town Hall.
Please be informed the cost of completing the marriage documents is $25.00 for the marriage intention forms and $10 for each certified marriage certificate.
Once the paperwork is complete, the Clerk will review the documents with both parties and ask clarifying questions if something is not clear.
If you are not sure of the date and location of the marriage and are unable to complete the marriage worksheet form, you will not be able to pick up the marriage license until you have determined a date and location of the marriage.