Marriage License Information
To apply for a marriage license, you must come into the City Clerk's office with your intended spouse. This process cannot be done through the mail.
A license will be issued three days after you apply in person. It can be picked up by either applicant at the Clerk's Office. Please note that the license will be valid for sixty days from the day the couple came into the office to apply and may be used in any Massachusetts city or town (not valid outside of Massachusetts).
The cost to apply for a marriage license is $35.
What if we have waited too long to apply for our license and our wedding is scheduled less than three days from the date of the license application?
You must go to court and obtain a court order to waive the three-day waiting period. You may go to the Middlesex Probate and Family Court, 208 Cambridge Street, 2nd floor, Cambridge, MA. ($215.00).
What if one or both of us is under 18?
You must go to court and obtain a court order (permission) to marry.
How can I request a certified copy of my marriage license?
Assuming the license was issued by the City of Cambridge, you may request a certified copy of a birth certificate in person at the City Clerk's Office, online or through the mail.
In Cambridge, the cost for a certified copy is $10.
You may request a certified copy of a marriage record in the following ways:
City Clerk’s Office
Cambridge City Hall
795 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 103
Cambridge, MA 02139
Please note that a processing fee of 2.95% ($1.95 minimum) will be applied to your order.
Click here to order a certified copy online.
Click here to download the Marriage Certificate Mail in Request Form
State Registry of Vital Records
150 Mt. Vernon Street
Dorchester, MA 02125-3105
(617) 740-2600 or (617) 740-2606
Click here to visit the State Registry of Vital Records website.
Please note that the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records follows a different fee schedule than the City of Cambridge.
Do we have to be Cambridge residents in order to apply in Cambridge?
No, according to Massachusetts State Law there is no residency requirement for either party.