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
Marriage intentions are by APPOINTMENT ONLY, we do not accept walk-ins. If you would like to schedule a time to complete your marriage intentions, please use our online calendar below.
ON THE DAY OF YOUR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT
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.