Getting Married

MARRIAGE INTENTIONS

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.

HOW TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT

If you would like to schedule a time to complete your marriage intentions, please use our online calendar below.

Schedule an appointment

ON THE DAY OF YOUR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT

  • Both parties must be present before we begin the process of completing the paperwork.  If you are unable to keep the appointment, please contact us at (413) 587-1224.
  • Bring all materials required to your appointment:
  • Your license, social security number (if you have one. the card is not required), and information about your marriage plans (who will perform the service, date of the service, etc.).
  • Filing Fee of $40 (payable in cash only, and is non-refundable)
  • Your appointment will take place at City Hall (210 Main St) on the SIDE DOOR entrance of the building on Crafts Avedoor labels small
  • When you arrive please call us at (413) 587-1224
  • We will meet you outside to complete the paperwork and administer the oath.

NOTE: The Office is observing all safety standards to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as established by the Northampton Health Department. Our staff will be unable to meet with you if more than two people are present when intentions are filed. We reserve the right to deny services to members of the public who are not wearing face coverings or adhering to protocols necessary to prevent the spread of germs. Please reschedule if either party is sick or has COVID-19 related symptoms.