Marriage Licenses Information

How do you apply for a marriage license?

You must come in together with your intended spouse to the City Clerk's Office. This process cannot be done through the mail.

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.

What if one or both of us is under 18?

You must go to court and obtain a court order (permission) to marry.

How long after the application will the license be issued?

The license will be issued three days later. It can be picked up by either applicant at the Clerk's Office.

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).



How long after issuance is the license valid?

The license is valid sixty days from the day the couple came into the office to apply and may be used in any Massachusetts city or town. However, it is not valid outside of the state.

How much does it cost?

 In Cambridge the cost is $35.00


How can I get a copy of my marriage license?

Assuming the license was issued by the Cambridge City Clerk's Office, you can: a) physically enter the office or b) request a copy by mail. Please send a self-addressed stamped envelope along with your request. The cost for a copy is $10.00 (cash or check only)



Marriage License Mail in Request Form

Department Information

Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm

Donna P. Lopez, City Clerk