Same-sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts, so both resident and non resident same-sex couples can can apply for marriage licenses. Here are the steps you need to take before getting married in Massachusetts:
Time Required: Varies
- You and your partner must apply for the marriage license together with the clerk in any community within Massachusetts. You must get married within 60 days of obtaining a license. Keep in mind that the license is only valid within the State of Massachusetts.
- Pay the marriage application fee. Fees range from $4 to $15 depending the community in which you file.
- As of 2005, Massachusetts no longer requires a medical exam or blood test for a marriage license.
- Bring your birth certificates. You and your partner must be at least 18 years old.
- After you file your application, wait the mandatory 3 days before picking up your license.
- If you or your partner have ever been divorced, you must show your divorce certificate. There are no requirements for widows or widowers.
- You do not need a witness at the ceremony, but make sure you observe you and your partners religious tenets.
- If you clergyperson is from outside of the State of Massachusetts, they must obtain a Certificate of Authorization from the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth before the ceremony. You can get the certificate at the following address:
Division of Public Records
Secretary of the Commonwealth
One Ashburton Place, Room 1719
Boston, MA 02108
A non-minister or non-justice of the peace can perform the ceremony.
- You can get more information by visiting the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
- I don't need to tell you that marriage is a serious commitment and a legal bond. Be sure that you and your partner are ready for this next step. Read What Gay Men Should Know Before Moving In Together!