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Massachusetts Marriage License Fees

So, in MA you can obtain a marriage license from ANY city/town clerk, it doesn't matter where you live or get married (whereas in some states, like RI, you must get a license from the town the wedding is taking place in).

So, I'm doing my research to see what town halls are open late, etc...

And I notice the fee in Boston (where I currently live) is $50 ... OK, in Newton it's $35. Wha?

I call my dad (who's a Reverend and knows lots of useful wedding info) to see if this is normal ... he wasn't home, so I dig further..

Wellesley the fee is $30.

And the Commonwealth's website has no fee listed, just says it can be obtained at any town clerk & links you to sits for all the towns...

So, MA residents on a budget - shop around! :p


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May. 25th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
Just a quick correction... in RI, the license is obtained in the city the bride is from. We came across info that correlated with what you said only to be turned away in the city we were looking to be married in =D
May. 25th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
Interesting - maybe that's only for out of state couples, I've know a few folks living in MA, getting married in RI, and had to go to the town the wedding was in.
May. 30th, 2009 01:16 pm (UTC)
For some reason I never got an email there there was a reply, but I found this info on the RI website to clarify =D

WHERE to apply for a Marriage License
Residents of RI
• If the bride lives in Rhode Island, apply for the license from the city or town clerk at the city or town of the bride’s residence.
• If the bride does not live in Rhode Island but the groom does live in Rhode Island, apply for the license from the city or town clerk at the city or town of the groom’s residence.
• If either the bride or the groom is a resident of Rhode Island, the marriage license is valid in any city or town in Rhode Island and the couple may be married anywhere in Rhode Island.

NON-Residents of RI
• If both the bride and groom do not live in Rhode Island, the marriage license must be obtained at the city or town clerk’s office where the ceremony will take place. The couple must marry in the city or town where the license was issued.
• If the marriage ceremony is performed in a city or town other than the city or town of issuance, the validity of the marriage may be in question.
May. 25th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
I think I'm going to be giving FH the task of calling all the area city halls to price shop for our wedding license. That's what boys are for, right? :-D
May. 25th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
And do you know if it's still true that the price range is $5 to $50 or has it changed?
May. 25th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
It definitely appears as though every city charges different - don't know what the lowest is, Raynham is $20, that's the lowest I found thus far.

A lot of city's/town's with websites have prices listed online under the town clerk's section.
May. 26th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
Ooooh, thank you! Online price shopping is easy-peasy! And I'm better at that than the FH. :-)
May. 26th, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
oooh raynham isnt too far from us! I'll be going there thank you very much!
May. 26th, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC)
They're open til 8 on Tuesdays too :)

I grew up in Raynham but am now in Boston, so while it's not THAT bad to travel there, I'm hoping to find a cheapy near me ;)
May. 26th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
Ya it's a huge racket...I think we paid $25 in Plymouth...
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