Marriage Rules - Massachusetts
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! If you have not done so already, please
review the information at https://www.mass.gov/guides/getting-married-in-massachusetts-before-the-wedding
before proceeding further. Then follow the instruction below to obtain a license
from the Town of Chelmsford. Keep in mind that there is a three-day waiting period,
and the license is good for 60 days from the date you file your intentions.
You will both need to know your social security numbers (if any) and your parents’
surnames (last names) at the time your parents’ birth or adoption. You also must
decide whether you are changing your surname (last name) upon marriage before completing
Click on the "Start/Resume Marriage Registration" button on this page and complete
the three forms in this program: Notice of Intention of Marriage, Supplement, and
Worksheet. If you live in Massachusetts, select the city or town from the drop-down
On the Intention form itself, except for 7B, 7C, 15 B and 15C which apply to very
few applicants, do not leave lines blank. If there is information that is unknown,
type "---" (three dashes) so it is clear that you did not simply overlook the question.
On the Worksheet, however, if you do not know the location or officiant for your
wedding, you may leave those lines blank.
After submitting your forms through this program, you will receive an email confirming
receipt. The Clerk’s Office will notify you when you should come to the Clerk’s
Office to sign and swear to the intention and pay the $30 fee. The three day waiting
period starts on that day.
You can pick up your license after the three day waiting period expires. The license
will be good for 60 days from the date of the intention.
Once you marry, your officiant will complete his or her portion of the license and
return it to the Town Clerk, who will register the marriage. You should contact
the Clerk’s Office to request certified copies of your marriage certificate after
you are married. Copies are $10 each if you pick them up, $15 each if they are mailed.