Marriage FAQ

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Intentions and Licenses
The first step towards getting married is to file a Marriage Intention to obtain a Marriage License. Couples must follow these instructions:
What other information do we need to know to complete the Marriage Intention?
What if either party is under 18?
What if I do not have a Social Security Number?
How much does a Marriage License cost?
My prior marriage was annulled. Do I have to provide anything?
How do I apply for a marriage license?
Do we have to be Boston residents in order to apply in Boston?
Can I get married in Boston or another city or town in Massachusetts?
Special Conditions
What if we want to get married and one of the parties is in the Armed Services and not in Massachusetts?
What if special conditions exist ie: hospitalization, incarceration, medical conditions that prevent one of the parties from applying in person?
When Can I Get Married?
When can I get my license?
Is there a Waiver for the three day waiting period?
What do we do after the three-day waiting period has passed?
How long after issuance is the license valid?
How long after my divorce can I get married?
Marriage Ceremony
What do I do with the license?
Who can perform the marriage ceremony?
Can we get married in City Hall?
Copy of License
When can I get a Certified Copy of my Marriage License once I am married?
Records
Marriage Records of a Person Born Out-of-Wedlock
Name Change
Now that I am married how do I change my name on legal documents?
If I am taking my spouse's last name, can I retain my maiden name as my middle name?
Divorce Records
Where do I find my Divorce Papers?

Office Information

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday9AM - 4PM
    Tuesday9AM - 4PM
    Wednesday CLOSED
    Thursday9AM - 4PM
    Friday9AM - 4PM

  • Holidays

    We are closed on 11 City-recognized holidays.

    View List of City Holidays

  • Address

    Registry Division
    1 City Hall Square, Rm 213
    Boston, MA 02201-2006

Fees & Payments

  • Marriage License Application

    Fee: $50
    Cash or money order. Payable at time of filing your Marriage Intention.

  • Marriage License Reprinting Fee

    Fee: $12
    If reprints are needed.

  • Certified Copy Fees

    In Person: $12 per request
    By Mail: $14 per request
    Time of Birth ONLY: $10 research charge

    *Records prior to 1870: Additional $10 research charge

  • Payment Options

    In Person: Cash, check (with ID), or money order.
    By Mail: Check or money order.

    Please make check or money order payable to the City of Boston.

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