Marriage License

Certificate of Marriage

For those who wish to marry within Massachusetts....

A Notice of Intention of Marriage must be filed with a Massachusetts City/Town Clerk's office prior to your Date of Marriage.

This can be done at ANY Clerk's office in Massachusetts... it does NOT have to be filed in the Town you live in or the Town that you are getting married in.
**You just need to remember where you filed them as this will be the only Town that can produce certified copies of your Marriage Certificate.**

Both parties must be present to fill out the forms and must provide a photo I.D.

There is a mandatory 3 day waiting period from the time that Intentions are filed and when the Marriage License can be issued. For example - if you fill out your Intentions on a Monday, you cannot pick up your Marriage License before Thursday. If you fill them out on a Friday, you cannot pick it up before Monday. 

A Marriage License is valid for 60 days. Therefore, do NOT file Intentions more than 60 days prior to your Date of Marriage.

The fee for filing Marriage Intentions in the Town of Deerfield is $20.00.

The Marriage License must be picked up prior to the Date of Marriage. Applicants then hand the License over to the person who is officiating their marriage. After the marriage takes place, the officiant will return the completed Marriage License to the Clerk's office where Intentions were filed.

Once the Marriage License is received in by the Town Clerk's office, certified copies of a Marriage Certificate may be purchased for $10.00.

CHANGES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19:
While the Town Hall is closed to the public, the marriage intention filing process will be as follows:
Marriage Intention Paperwork will be prepared in folders and left untouched for at least 3 days before handing it to couples.
Couple appears together at the Town Hall and brings the following items with them:
          1. Photo ID's
          2. Black ink pens
          3. Cell Phone
          4. Check for $20.00 made out to: Town of Deerfield
          5. Email Address
Couple will call the Town Clerk's office @ 413-665-1400 x100 when they arrive.
Town Clerk staff will advise the couple to remain outside and will meet them at the door to begin the process.
All communication with the Town Clerk staff will be done by cell phone (instructions, questions, oath, etc).
Couple will complete paperwork (with the black ink pens that they brought with them) outside the Town Hall on the benches in sight of the Town Clerk staff.
Completed paperwork and photo ID's will be reviewed through the glass.
Folder with completed paperwork and payment will be passed back to the Town Clerk staff through the door and then will remain untouched for 3 days.
Once the license is processed and ready, the Town Clerk staff will email the couple a copy for review and to set an appointment for pickup.
Couple will the call the Town Clerk's office when they arrive. The folder containing the license will be passed through the front door.


 

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IS A NON-CLERGY FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER OFFICIATING YOUR WEDDING?
If so, they will need to apply for a One-Day Designation Certificate from the Governor's office. Once approved, the applicant will receive an official "Certificate of Solemnization" by mail. This Certificate must be returned to the Clerk's office along with the Marriage License once the marriage has been performed.  To apply or find out more information about a One-Day Designation Certificate, please click here.

IS AN OUT-OF-STATE CLERGY MEMBER OFFICIATING YOUR WEDDING?
If so, they will need to apply for the Non-Resident Clergy Petition in order to perform a marriage in Massachusetts. Once approved, the applicant will receive an official "Certificate of Solemnization" by mail. This Certificate must be returned to the Clerk's office along with the Marriage License once the marriage has been performed.  To apply or find out more information about a Non-Resident Clergy Petition, please click here.

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Need to find a Justice of the Peace to officiate your wedding?
Click here to visit the Massachusetts Justices of the Peace Association website to find a JP by name or location.