Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a Northampton, Massachusetts marriage license. We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your ceremony date.
Northampton County Marriage License Office
Northampton City Clerk
210 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
Closed for holidays Observed by Northampton County
Proper identification is necessary in Massachusetts. You may be required to show a certified birth certificate.
Same Sex Marriages:
Yes, same-sex couples can get married in Northampton County.
No special requirements. However, some county Websites state no restriction, others state that you must wait 90 days after your divorce is final before remarrying.
Covenant Marriage Option:
Northampton County has a three-day (3) waiting period. You may go to court and obtain a court order to waive the three-day waiting period.
If either of you are close to death, or if the bride is near the end of her pregnancy, a request by your attending physician or clergyperson would suffice and the clerk can issue the license immediately without a court order.
It will cost you between $4 and $50 to get married in Northampton County. Each Massachusetts community can set their own fees.
None. Massachusetts state lawmakers repealed the law requiring blood tests late in 2004. It went into effect on January 28, 2005.
No. However, if one of you is in the military, or is incarcerated, the other may make application for the marriage license for both of you.
Common Law Marriages:
If you are under 18 years old, you will need a court order from either a probate court or district court in the locale where you live in order to apply for a marriage license.
Any ordained ministers or clergymen, and justices of the peace may perform weddings in Massachusetts. By state law, Justices of the Peace may charge $25 to $75 for a marriage
in a town they live in. They may charge $75 to $125 if the wedding will be out of town.
Out-of-state clergy need to obtain a Certificate of Authorization from the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth before the wedding ceremony.
A non-minister or non-justice of the peace (such as a relative of family friend) may receive from the Governor, for a $25 fee, special one-time permission to perform a marriage.