License OverviewIf you intend to marry within the state of Massachusetts, a certificate of marriage (the license) must be obtained prior to the marriage. You can apply (take out an Intention of Marriage) for a license in any town or city Clerk’s office in Massachusetts, regardless of where you live (residency of the state is not a requirement for marriage in Massachusetts; and you do not have to be a resident of the town in which you apply for the license). Your completed marriage license will remain on file with the Town or City in which you file your Marriage Intentions.
Applying for Your Marriage LicenseAn appointment is not necessary to apply for your marriage license in Douglas, and you may do so any time during our regular office hours. We ask that you allow at least 20 minutes for completion of your application.
Information that you should know before you apply for your license:
- Your mother’s maiden (birth) name
- Your Officiant’s name (the person marrying you) and contact information
- Your place of birth
- Your social security number
Marriage certificates (licenses) that are issued by a City or Town Clerk are valid for 60 days from the date the intentions are taken out by the couple. If your marriage does not take place within those 60 days, the certificate becomes invalid and you must file again.