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Those who wish to marry in the State of Massachusetts must have a valid marriage license issued in Massachusetts. Both parties of the marriage must apply for a marriage license together. The license is issued three days after application and is valid for 6 months. The minimum fee for a marriage license is $4 as defined by State law; however the rate may vary from office to office.
You must be of legal age to marry (18-years-old minimum). If one or both of the people to be married is under 18, a court order must be obtained before application for a license.
Officials that can marry a couple in Massachusetts include: ordained ministers of the gospel, a justice of the peace or a non-minister or non-justice of the peace, such as a family friend, with special permission from the Governor. The officiate of the wedding must sign and date the license and return it to the clerkâ€™s office from which is issued within 7 days. The clerk will record and return the license to the married couple.
You may not have a common law, proxy marriage or covenant marriage in Massachusetts. Cousin marriages and same sex marriages are allowed, however for same-sex marriages, some local jurisdictions have residency requirements and may not issue licenses to same-sex couples. Direct family line marriages are not allowed in the state of Massachusetts.