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The marriage license is valid for 60 days from the day of the application. Applications must be made within 60 days of the date of the wedding. There is a three-day waiting period; therefore applications must be made at least 3 days prior to the wedding date.
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The three-day waiting period is required under Massachusetts statute. The license will be available on the third calendar after the day of the application. If you apply on a Friday, your license can be issued on or after Monday. Please note that licenses are not issued on Saturday or Sunday or after hours.
If the marriage is to take place in Massachusetts, you may apply for your license at any City or Town Clerk’s office in Massachusetts. Information on office hours in other cities and towns can be obtained from the Mass.gov page.
No appointment is necessary. A couple must appear at the Clerk’s office together, in person with picture identification.
If there is reason to dispense with the three-day waiting period, a couple may apply to the judge of a Massachusetts Probate or District Court to have the license issued without delay. Applicants must present the court waiver to file the intention and receive the marriage license at that time without waiting.