How do we apply for a marriage license?

You must both apply together, in person, for a marriage license. Both parties must have photo identification. This applies to both residents and non-residents of the Commonwealth. According to Massachusetts law, you must jointly file intentions to marry, and you may do so with the city or town clerk in any community in the state. If a person is in the military, intentions may be filed by either party, providing one is a Massachusetts resident. A marriage license is valid for 60 days from the time the intentions are filed and may be used in any city or town in the state. It is not valid outside of Massachusetts.

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1. How do we apply for a marriage license?
2. Is there a waiting period from the date of application to the date the license is issued?
3. May we marry before the three days for good reason?
4. What is the cost of a marriage license?
5. How old must we be to get married?
6. Do we need to have blood tests?
7. What if one or both of us has been divorced?
8. Do we need any witnesses present at the ceremony?
9. What should we do if an out-of-state member of the clergy is performing the marriage?
10. Who should I call if I have more questions?