In Massachusetts a couple must appear before a City or Town Clerk to complete paperwork, with some exceptions. After the forms are filled out, the couple then completes an oath with the Clerk. In most cases there is a three day waiting period during which the license is prepared by the Clerk’s Office. One or both parties must return to the Clerk’s Office to pick up the license after the prescribed waiting period; the marriage cannot be solemnized by your officiant without the license in hand.
The fee to file marriage intentions if $40 which is non-refundable. If you would like to schedule a time to complete your marriage intentions, please use our on-line calendar.