How to Get Married in Massachusetts

So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, Massachusetts!

So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, Massachusetts!

How to Get Married in Massachusetts

Application, ID, and Residency Requirement: There are no residency requirements to obtain a marriage license in Massachusetts. There is a three-day waiting period after the application has been filed and both parties must be present when the application is turned in.

The Social Security number of both parties must be presented at the time of application. If age is in question and an applicant appears close to 18, proof of age will be required with a document indicating date of birth, such as a birth certificate or driver's license. The state does not require proof of divorce, but some counties require a 90-day waiting period after a divorce is finalized before a marriage license can be granted.

Massachusetts permits first cousins to marry.

Under 18: The legal age to marry in Massachusetts is 18. Applicants younger than 18 must receive permission from their parents or guardians, and petition a judge for a court order to authorize the marriage.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?: Marriage license fees vary across municipalities in Massachusetts. Applicants should check with the local town clerk's office or town hall for specific costs and payment options.

Officiants: A justice of the peace, priest, minister, rabbi or other religious official can officiate weddings in Massachusetts. Additionally, a family member or friend can perform the ceremony by paying a $25 fee and filling out an application that takes four to six weeks to process. Massachusetts does not require any witnesses at wedding ceremonies by a justice of the peace but some religions may.

Valid: Your marriage license is valid for 60 days from the time of issuance.

Equality Rights: Same-sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts.

Name Change: Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed.

It is very important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.

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