Thinking about getting married in Somerville?

Congratulations!

Here’s what you’ll need to know before you tie the knot.
Keep in mind, this isn’t legal advice; it’s just a few tips to help you get started.
You can find more detailed information here.

  • Getting Married

  • Getting a Copy of Your Marriage Certificate

What You Need to Know Before You Get Started

Any couple can get married as long as both people are not closely related. In Massachusetts, that generally means that you can’t marry your parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, sibling, step-parent, step-grandparent, step-child, step-grandchild, parent-in-law, grandparent-in-law, child-in-law, grandchild-in-law, sibling’s child, or parent’s sibling.

If you or your partner are under the age of 18, you’ll need to get a Court Marriage of Minor Order (also known as an “age waiver”) from your local probate or district court.

Your marriage license expires 60 days from the day you apply, so make sure you plan accordingly. You can apply in any municipality in Massachusetts and get married anywhere in Massachusetts, but you can’t get married out of state with a Massachusetts license.

You don’t need a medical certificate or blood work to get married.

You can choose to change or keep your surname when you get married, but you can’t change your first or middle names. To change your surname, simply enter it on the Notice of Intention of Marriage.

If you’re divorced, you don’t need to submit your divorce papers, but your divorce must be finalized when you apply for the marriage license. In Massachusetts, divorces generally become final 90 days after the judge signs the Final Judgment. Other states have different time periods.

Apply for a Marriage License

We are currently accepting marriage applications from Somerville residents only, in a way that minimizes your face-to-face interaction with city employees. Plan on the process taking two to three weeks before you receive your marriage license.

Here are the steps to follow:

  1. There are three forms you and your partner will have to fill out. They’re all available online. Fill them out online OR print them and fill them out with a black pen as clearly as you can. If you’re not sure how to answer a question, leave it blank. If you don’t have a wedding date, place, or officiant, leave those fields blank. Don’t sign any of them yet.
  2. Return the forms to us along with a legible copy of a valid government-issued photo ID for each of you. For a driver’s license, we just need the front. For a passport, we just need the page with your name and picture. Include an email address and phone number, and return them to us in one of three ways:
    • scan and email them to [email protected];
    • drop them in the black dropbox just outside the School Street entrance of City Hall; or
    • mail them to the Somerville City Clerk, 93 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA, 02143.
  3. Within about a week, someone from the City Clerk’s Office will contact you. We’ll go over the forms with you and get everything ready, and we’ll schedule a time for you both to come to City Hall to sign everything and pay the $50 marriage license application fee.
  4. You both must be wearing masks when you arrive, and you’ve got to bring your own pen (black ink only), the same photo IDs you copied, and a $50.00 check or money order payable to the City of Somerville. We will not accept cash or credit/debit cards.
  5. In our presence, you’ll both affirm under oath that all the statements are true and there are no legal impediments to your marriage, then you’ll sign the forms.
  6. On the third day after you’ve signed the forms, or anytime thereafter up until day 60, you’ll have to email us at [email protected] and request your marriage license. We won’t mail your marriage license to you until we receive your request.

Get Married!

The marriage must be solemnized within 60 days of your application. Any of the following people may perform the ceremony:

  • Priest
  • Minister
  • Rabbi
  • Another religious official
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Anyone with a one-day designation from the Secretary of State’s Office. Note that you’ll need to submit this designation with your solemnized license for your marriage to be valid.

You don’t need a witness if a Justice of the Peace performs the ceremony. Some religions do require witnesses, so make sure you check beforehand.

If you applied for your marriage license in Somerville, you can get a certified copy of your marriage certificate from the City Clerk’s Office. There are 2 ways to do this:

  • Online: Use our online portal.
  • By Mail: Send us this form. Don’t forget to include a check or money order (not cash) for the $15 fee. Make checks payable to “City of Somerville.”