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ID Requirement:Proper identification is necessary in Massachusetts. You will probably be required to show a certified birth certificate and Social Security numbers (SSNs) when you apply for a marriage license.
Same Sex Marriages:
Previous Marriages:No special requirements. However, some Massachusetts county web sites state no restriction, others state that you must wait 90 days after your divorce is final before remarrying.
Covenant Marriage Option:
Waiting Period:Massachusetts has a three-day (3) waiting period. You may go to court and obtain a court order to waive the three-day waiting period.
If either of you are close to death, or if the bride is near the end of her pregnancy, a request by your attending physician or clergy person would suffice and the clerk can issue the license immediately without a court order.
Example: The marriage license fee in Boston is $50, cash only.
Common Law Marriages:
Under 18:If you are under 18 years old, you will need a court order from either a probate court or district court in the locale where you live in order to apply for a marriage license.
Officiants:Any ordained ministers or clergymen, and justices of the peace may perform weddings in Massachusetts. By state law, Justices of the Peace may charge up to $100 for a marriage in a town they live in. They may charge up to $150 if the wedding will be out of town.
Out-of-state clergy need to obtain a Certificate of Authorization from the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth before the wedding ceremony.
A non-minister or non-justice of the peace (such as a relative of family friend) may receive from the Governor, for a $25 fee, special one-time permission to perform a marriage. Don't put this off to the last minute -- they ask that the request be made at least six weeks prior to the wedding.
Witnesses:Witnesses are not required in Massachusetts.
Miscellaneous:License is valid for sixty (60) days.
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