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Marriage License Requirements in Massachusetts


Every couple getting married in Massachusetts must have a marriage license issued in Massachusetts.

As of 2005, you no longer need blood work to apply for a marriage license. You must both apply in person at any town clerk’s office on the Island or any city or town clerks office in Massachusetts. If one person is in the military, intentions may be filed by either party, providing one is a Massachusetts resident. If a person is incarcerated in a county house of correction or a state correctional facility, either party may file intentions. There is a mandatory three-day waiting period from the time the license is applied for until the license is issued. Sundays and holidays are included in the three days, but the day the application is made is not.

The Town Halls of Martha's Vineyard's six towns:

Town Clerk, Town of Edgartown P.O. Box 35, Edgartown MA 02539 (508) 627-6110

Town Clerk, Town of Oak Bluffs P.O. Box 2490, Oak Bluffs MA 02557 (508) 693-5515

Town Clerk, Town of Tisbury P.O. Box 606, Vineyard Haven MA 02568 (508) 696-4215

Town Clerk, Town of West Tisbury P.O. Box 278, West Tisbury MA 02575 (508) 696-0148

Town Clerk, Town of Chilmark Beetlebung Corner, Chilmark MA 02535 (508) 645-2107

Town Clerk, Town of Aquinnah 65 State Road, Aquinnah, MA 02535 (508) 645-2300

A marriage license is good for 60 days from the date intentions are filed and may be used in any Massachusetts city or town. It is not valid outside of the state. A Massachusetts resident may marry if he or she is 18 years of age or older. A birth certificate, driver's license, etc., is required to show proof of age. If either party is under 18, a court order from a probabte or district court where the minor resides must be obtained before the marriage intentions can be filed. The cost is about $20.

Divorced applicants are not required to present a divorce certificate when filing intentions to marry. However, it is extremely important that an individual who has been divorced be certain that his/her 'divorce nisi' has been granted, regardless of the grounds for divorce. There are no special requirements for a widow or widower who is remarrying. If either of the parties has arrived as an immigrant from a foreign country within five days, the application may be filed at anytime before the marriage and the certificate shall be issued at anytime after the filing.

Massachusetts statute does not require that witnesses be present at your ceremony. The member of the clergy or justice of the peace who performs your ceremony must complete and sign the original license and return it to the clerk of the town where the license was issued. If an out-of-state member of the clergy is to perform the marriage, the clergyperson must obtain a Certificate of Authorization from the Massachusetts Secretary of State prior to the ceremony:

Secretary of the Commonwealth
1 Ashburton Place, Room 1611
Boston, MA 02108-1512
(617) 727-7030, (617) 742-4528-fax

The certificate, issued by the Public Records Division of the Office of the Secretary of State, is to be attached to the original license and returned to the clerk of the town in which the license was issued.

Anyone wishing the procedures to perform (solemnize) Marriages by Special One Day Designation, click here

Additional information about marrying in Massachusetts


New 4 bedroom house in Oak Bluffs

This is a brand new home with wood floors, stainless steel appliances, Central Air, and washer/dryer located right across the street from the new library. The house is expertly decorated with quality furnishings. There is crown molding and wainscoting throughout. The living room has a flat screen TV and DVD player. The dining area has an Ethan Allen farmhouse table, w/ 6 chairs, and 4 counter stools. Other amenities include wireless Internet, cable TV, and filtered water and crushed ice from the fridge. The basement is set up as Recreation Room with a Full Size Kettler Ping-Pong table, and Air Hockey table. There is a sectional SLEEPER in the basement with TV-DVD. The master bedroom has a private bath, TV/DVD and is beautifully furnished with a queen sleigh bed. There are two other bedrooms on the 2nd floor. One has a queen bed, and the other has twin beds plus one trundle bed. The 4th bedroom, off the kitchen, has a queen sleeper sofa, and is set up as a den with desk.
Contact Lori and Keith Murphy 978 470-1503 or email.  Be sure to tell the owners that you found them on Marthas-Vineyard.Com. Click here for more information and photos.

East Chop Oceanview

If looking for the quintessential Vineyard vacation home, you have found it! Many families return year after year to this home for its view, its comfortable and tasteful furnishings, many extra touches (nice linens, beach towels, bikes, a row boat, beach chairs, games & books) and call this spot their own. Here you are only minutes from downtown Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven by car, yet so removed from the hustle and bustle, you'd swear it's just your family and the natural surroundings. From your deck, swim in the hot tub/lap pool, and use your waterview outdoor shower after the beach. Enjoy the ferries and regattas off shore, or watch as Redwing blackbirds and swans nest along Crystal Lake. Choose this centrally located, exquisite home and you will not be disappointed.
Waterfront custom Cape overlooking Crystal Lake towards East Chop Drive. There is a large manicured lawn and garden with a path to the lake and a row boat for your enjoyment. Sit on the large deck with an 8'x15' hot tub/ lap pool, outdoor shower and enjoy the view, or grill on your brick water-view patio. A very peaceful location, yet a five minute drive to Circuit Ave, East Chop Light, and the beaches of Oak Bluffs. Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs ferries are also a five minute drive. A great area for the kids to play and get around very easily. Also lovely walking paths nearby for birdwatchers. This well-maintained, well-equipped house offers linen and towels, bicycles, and is loaded with amenities. The first floor offers a large modern kitchen, breakfast bar open to the dining room and a large living room all with views of a lovely yard, Crystal Lake, and Vineyard Sound oceanfront beyond. There is also a sun room, 2 bedrooms, and 1.5 baths on this floor.
Contact Lisa Reagan, 508-693-8697. $5,500/wk in season. To see more pictures and availability calendar click here.

5 bedrooms, block from beach, Oak Bluffs

This home is centrally located, right in the middle of Oak Bluffs historic district, one minute walk to Ink Well beach, (great safe place to swim with lifeguards), ten minute walk from the ferries and to the center of town, Three blocks from tennis and basketball courts. Kid friendly neighbors, around the corner from Waban Park, nature trails and paved shoreline bike path. Just minutes away from the famed Campgrounds and the magical annual, 'Illumination Night' festival. Oak Bluffs is famous for its spirited night life and great restaurants all within walking distance from the house.


  • $1,200-$4,200/week
  • Off Season: April To Mid May: $1,200 - $1,500/Week
    Pre-Peak: Mid May--End Of June: $1,800-2,800/Week
    Peak: End Of June, July, August
    , 1st week of Sept...$3,800-4,200/week
    Late peak season: September and October; $2,800-2,900/week
    $1,300-1,600week October.
    Limited discount available for 2 or more weeks. Weekend rates possible.
  • WEEKEND and DAILY RENTALS ARE POSSIBLE BASED ON AVAILABILITY. Special discount rates for party of 4 or less, depending on availability. Please Inquire about rates.



For availability and more information contact Elinor Reed, 212-281-6022 or click here.

Edgartown 1-bedroom apartment

Best weekly value on the Vineyard. One bedroom apartment located in a private residence with its own entrance. Located off of the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road. On bike path. Shuttle bus stops in front of street.

Quiet, cozy apartment built for two. Fully stocked kitchen, living room, queen size bed, one bathroom. Linens and towels included.

Short drive to Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven and beaches. Car recommended, but not necessary. Would need to bike or take shuttle bus around Island.

Available the month of JUNE and the months of AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, AND OCTOBER ONLY. $900 a week. Rentals from Saturday to Saturday. Call Sheila Foster at 774-563-8752 to make your reservation.