Before you get started
Any couple can get married as long as each person is 18 or older, and currently not married.Please keep in mind
A marriage license is only good to use for 60 days in Massachusetts from the date you applied. You also can't use the marriage license outside of Massachusetts. You have to get married in the state.
Go to City Hall
You and your partner need to fill out the Marriage Intention form together at City Hall. Be prepared to each give the following information to the City:
- valid identification (this includes passports, driver's licenses, state IDs, or military IDs)
- your Social Security numbers (if you do not have a Social Security number, you have to write down why — for example, it was never issued or you are not a resident)
- your legal names, and what last name you will use after marriage
- where you both live now
- your dates of birth and where you were born
- the names of your parents, including maiden names, and whether or not your parents were married when you were born
- if you were previously married, we will need to know how many times, and
- if you were previously married, we need to know the date you were divorced or see your annulment papers.
We charge a $50 application fee. We take cash, a money order, or a debit or credit card.
Fill out your application and pay your fee at the Registry Division:
1 City Hall Square, Room 213
Boston, MA 02201-2006
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wait three days
There is a three-day waiting period from when you file your Marriage Intention to when you can pick up your Marriage License:
- If you apply on Monday, the license is available on Thursday.
- If you apply on Tuesday, the license is available on Friday.
- If you apply on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, your license is available on Monday morning (unless there is a holiday on Monday).
You will be given a white card with the date when you can get your license at City Hall.
If you want to waive the waiting period, a court needs to give you Marriage Without Delay Waiver to waive the waiting period. They will charge you a $195 fee. When you file your Marriage Intention form, ask us about which court you need to go to.
Pick up your marriage license
You must get the license before the wedding and give it to the person performing your ceremony. The license is only good to use for 60 days from the date you applied.
To register your marriage, the person performing your ceremony needs to complete the license and return it to the City.
Find someone to marry you
A Massachusetts minister, priest, rabbi, or justice of the peace can officiate the ceremony. You can also have a friend or family member marry you with a One-Day Marriage Designation. Clergy from outside of Massachusetts can marry you as long as they get state authorization.
Want to get married at Boston City Hall? We created a separate how-to guide with that information.
Make it official
The person who performed the ceremony needs to complete the marriage license and either mail it in or return it to the City:
Tuesday: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Don't forget about your marriage certificate
After the wedding, if you want a copy of your marriage certificate it’s $12 in person and $14 by mail. Learn more about marriage certificates.
- Want to get married at Boston City Hall? We created a separate guide that breaks down that process.
- After the wedding, if you want a copy of your marriage certificate it’s $12 in person and $14 by mail. Learn more about marriage certificates.
We created a step-by-step guide on how to get married. You can find the video on YouTube:
We're open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Keep in mind
Getting married after divorce
You can’t apply for a marriage license until at least one day after the divorce is final. In Massachusetts, a divorce is not considered final until after 90 days.
Check your divorce decree for the exact date your divorce is final. If you're a resident of Massachusetts and recently got divorced outside of the state, please contact us at 617-635-4175.
Call us if:
- You are a Massachusetts resident and either you or your partner are on active military duty and not in the state.
- Special circumstances, like a hospitalization or imprisonment, prevent either you or your partner from coming to City Hall.
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