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How to get married at City Hall

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Want to get married at City Hall? Here’s what to do:

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Before you get started

Any couple can get married as long as each person is 18 or older, and currently not married.

Please keep in mind

A marriage license is only good to use for 60 days in Massachusetts from the date you applied. You also can't use the marriage license outside of Massachusetts. You have to get married in the state.

If you have any questions about the license, contact the Registry Department at 617-635-4175, or email registry@boston.gov.

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Go to City Hall

To apply for a marriage license, couples must apply together and in person, and you can make an appointment. Use our online booking application to select a day and time for your appointment. Please be aware that an appointment slot has not been reserved until you hit submit.

PLEASE NOTE:
  • You will receive an email confirmation once you book an appointment. The information will include a link so you can fill out your "PRE-INTENTION" form. Then, when you come in person, it will only take you minutes to review, edit, and sign your paperwork.
  • When you apply in person, you'll need to bring your IDs, as well as $50 for the license fee. 
  • Your marriage license expires 60 days from the date that you file and sign your marriage intention at the Registry Department on the day of your appointment.
  • After your appointment, your marriage license will be issued and put in the mail three days later. It will be sent to the address listed under Party A on your marriage intention. Or, you can come back after the three-day wait. You will receive a pick-up card with these important dates.
  • Massachusetts Law requires couples to have a valid marriage license to get married in the state.

After you book an appointment with us online, we will email you a link to a Marriage Intention form that you need to complete. You must provide us this information:

  • your legal names, and what last name you will use after marriage
  • where you both live now
  • your dates of birth and where you were born
  • the names of your parents, including maiden names, and whether or not your parents were married when you were born
  • if you were previously married, we will need to know how many times, and
  • if you were previously married, we need to know the date you were divorced or see your annulment papers.

When you come to City Hall for your appointment, we'll review and finalize your marriage intention form. At that appointment, you both need to provide us:

  • valid identification (this includes passports, driver's licenses, state IDs, or military IDs)
  • your Social Security numbers (if you do not have a Social Security number, you have to write down why — for example, it was never issued or you are not a resident), and
  •  a $50 application fee. We take cash, a debit or credit card, or a money order made payable to the "City of Boston".

We hold our appointments at the Registry Division of City Hall:

1 City Hall Square, Room 213
Boston, MA 02201-2006

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Get your marriage license in the mail

After you meet with us and finalize your paperwork, we will issue your marriage license and put in the mail three days later. It will be sent to the address listed under Party A on your intention form.

PLEASE NOTE:
  • If you want to waive the waiting period, a court needs to give you Marriage Without Delay Waiver to waive the waiting period. They will charge you a $195 fee. When you file your Marriage Intention form, ask us about which court you need to go to.
  • Your license will expire 60 days from the date of your appointment with us. You must get the license before the wedding and give it to the person performing your ceremony.
  • To register your marriage, the person performing your ceremony needs to complete the license and return it to the City.
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Schedule your wedding ceremony

To schedule your ceremony at City Hall, please call:

Beginning on August 2, 2021, wedding ceremonies at City Hall in Room 601 and Room 213 will resume on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 - 11:30 a.m. and from 2 - 3:30 p.m. This is a temporary schedule to ensure the health and safety of those getting married, guests and office staff.

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Prepare for your visit

The wedding ceremony costs $75 ($60 plus a $15 City service fee). If you are late, you will be charged an extra $25. We only accept cash.

The wedding ceremony will take about 15 minutes. If you need an interpreter, please make arrangements to have one at your ceremony. Please remember to bring your marriage license with you to City Hall.

Please note:
  • Masks must be worn by all parties getting married and guests.
  • In addition to the parties getting married, three (3) guests will be allowed.
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Get married!

Arrive at City Hall early. If you’re late, we charge an extra $25. The City Clerk and Assistant City Clerk are Justices of the Peace and perform ceremonies at:

1 City Hall Square, Room 601
Boston, MA 02201-2014

Both people need to bring a valid picture ID, like a driver’s license or a passport.

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