Whether you plan a religious or secular ceremony you will need a marriage license. If the wedding is to take place in Massachusetts, the couple can obtain a license from any City or Town Clerk in the same state.
First of all, you need to learn where to get the marriage license. There are four primary institutions that can make your marriage official. These institutions are insisted of a group of people and each group needs to meet various requirements to get licensed:
Both parties must be 18 years of age or older. If the individual is under the age of 18, he/she needs a court order from a probate or district court.
The couple must bring their birth certificates with them when applying for a license.
If you are under the age of 18 most states, including Massachusetts, will allow you to marry with parental consent and court approval. Massachusetts does not specify a minimum age to marry with permission from the parent.
Before a judge accepts an order, he/she will conduct a hearing and must receive permission from an authorized person as follows:
The marriage may take place after the three-day waiting period. In case you are unable to wait for three days and need your license issued immediately, the judge of a probate or district court can obtain a waiver of the three-day waiting requirement to have your license without delay. Upon review, the court may issue a certificate. You must bring the certificate back to the City Clerk. Afterward, both parties must apply for a marriage license.
Prior to the ceremony, one of the applicants should pick up the marriage license in person. The individual who picks the license up must verify that all the information on the license is true and real. Therefore the parties may perform the wedding ceremony anywhere in Massachusetts during the sixty days after filing intentions. When you have already filled the “intentions to marry”, a marriage license is issued.
NOTE: You cannot send marriage licenses by mail prior to the ceremony.
For filling out this form you and your future spouse need to visit the Clerk’s Office. You must the following points in this form:
You may apply for a marriage license online. The City Clerk’s Office allows you to get the marriage certificate within few days, but this must be completed in person at the City Clerk’s office. This speeds up the application process. The only thing you need to do is to fill out the forms on Vital Record Gov website approving detailed marriage information about you and your spouse.
You can also place an order online with a debit or credit card. You will not pay until the process and confirmation. It usually happens within two or three working days.
A marriage license may cost between $4 and $50, as each Massachusetts county sets its own fees. One may do payments by cash or by credit card again depending on the county. So if you need your license in online version, contact the nearest Clerk’s Office and get information about all the details.
Remember that you should “book” the ceremony date by making appointments.
Following the ceremony and marriage, the clerk or Justice of the Peace should provide some proof of marriage. One may not copy the license. The clerk will file the original marriage license in the place where the Clerk’s office will issue it by the tenth day of the next month and then it is possible for the couple to obtain certified copies of their license.
Massachusetts Marriage Records contain data about somebody’s marriage. These records are fundamental information about the date when two individuals joined together in an official union. These records maintain the names of both parties, even their parents’ names or date of marriage, in short, all filled out in the marriage license application.
You can find marriage records in the state’s online database. But if you need a copy of them, you can get the paper records by mail.
In conclusion, note that Massachusetts allows cousin and same-sex marriages. To avoid the appearance of discrimination, every Massachusetts marriage license applicant must tell where they lived and are still living.
For more information, you can apply…
City Clerk’s Office
City Hall Room 123
36 Court Street
Springfield, MA 01103
Number: 311 or 413-736-3111