Obtaining a Marriage License
In-Person (Both Parties Must Be Present)
Hours: Monday through Thursday 8:00AM – 4:30PM; Friday 8:00AM – Noon
Location: Methuen City Clerk, 41 Pleasant St., Customer Service, Room 112, Methuen, MA 01844
Fee: $25 payable in cash, debit/credit card, check, or money order.
Both applicants must appear together at the City Clerk’s Office to complete the Notice of Intention of Marriage and bring the following:
- Government-issued Photo ID
- Social Security number for each applicant who has been issued one. Federal statutes require the collection of Social Security numbers at the time of application but you do not need to bring your Social Security card
- For each applicant under 18 years old, a Court Marriage of Minor Order must be obtained from the probate court or district court where the minor resides. The applicant must appear in court with his/her partner and his/her parent, and obtain a judge’s permission to marry, before applying for the marriage license. For each such applicant, bring a certified birth record and the court order showing the judge’s permission to marry.
There is no longer a requirement for a medical certificate, or any blood work.
Once the application for a marriage license is complete, the license will be issued three days later. It can be picked up by anyone at the City Clerk’s Office.
Note that City Hall closes early on Fridays, so licenses must be picked up by 12:00 Noon.
Couples wanting to waive the three day waiting period must bring an approved Court Petition for a Marriage Without Delay showing a judge’s permission to waive the waiting period. The Essex County Probate Court is one court that issues these petitions.
The license is valid for 60 days from the day you originally apply for a marriage service performed in any city or town within the state. The license cannot be used for marriages performed outside of Massachusetts.
Out-of-State clergy/officiants may perform the ceremony in Massachusetts only if an authorization has been obtained prior to the ceremony from the Secretary of State’s Office (McCormack Building, Public Records Division, Department of the State Secretary, One Ashburton Place, Room 1701, Boston, 617-727-2836). The person who performs the ceremony must complete and sign the license in black ink only, and return it to the City Clerk’s office. The marriage license will not be registered unless the required authorization is enclosed with the license.
With advance arrangements, marriages may be performed at City Hall by the City Clerk/Justice of the Peace during normal business hours. Other arrangements may also be made depending on availability by contacting the City Clerk.