If an out-of-state member of the clergy is to perform the marriage, the clergy person must obtain a Certificate of Authorization from the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth prior to the ceremony. This certificate, which is issued by the Public Records Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, is to be attached to the original license and returned to the clerk of the city or town where the license was issued. For further information, contact: Division of Public Records Secretary of the Commonwealth
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1. Social Security Number2. Mother’s Maiden Name3. Place of Birth
It is always good to bring your birth certificate, social security card, and/or a form of identification with you for proper spelling and proof of age and identification.
Yes, there is a 3 day waiting period. The license can be picked up on the 3rd day during regular office hours. (Weekends and holidays do count towards the waiting period.)
Please visit our Forms & Fees page for more details.