Marriage Licenses

How to Obtain a Marriage License

All persons who marry in Massachusetts must have a Marriage License issued in Massachusetts. A Massachusetts license is not legal in another state.

The age requirement in Massachusetts is 18 years of age and can only be waived with a Court Order.

Licenses are valid for 60 days from the date of application and must be used within that time period or returned to the Town Clerk's office where it was issued.

Once the filing is complete, there is a 3-day waiting period before the license can be issued. This can only be waived with a Court Order.

To apply, both parties must appear together to complete the Marriage Intention, unless:

  • Either party is in the Military and unable to appear and either party is a resident of Massachusetts.
  • Either party is ill and the illness is confirmed in writing by a physician.
  • Either party is incarcerated in a County or State House of Correction.

After completing the forms, the couple will read the legal impediments to marriage and take an oath that there are no legal impediments to the marriage.

If the person performing your ceremony is a clergy member or Justice of the Peace from another state, they will need a solemnizer certificate to perform the ceremony:  www.sec.state.ma.us/pre/prepdf/nonresclergyapp.pdf

If the person performing your ceremony is not a member of the clergy or not a Justice of the Peace, they will need a one-day solemnizer certificate to perform the ceremony:  www.state.ma.us/sec/pre/prepdf/one_day_special_designation.pdf

Pre-marital medical certificates are no longer required, effective 1/28/2005.

The fee for filing for Marriage Intentions in Wrentham is $25.00.

The member of the Clergy or Justice of the Peace or Solemnizer who performs the ceremony must sign the license and return it to the Town Clerk's office where it was issued.

Once the license has been completed and returned, it will be filed with the State Registry of Vital Records and will be on file in the Town Clerk's office where it was issued.