Apply For A Marriage License

Persons wishing to obtain a license must file their intentions with the Town Clerk in person (except for in cases where one person is in the military or incarcerated) at least three days before the ceremony.  Court waivers to the three-day waiting period may be obtained at the Woburn District Court or the Probate Court in Cambridge. Couples obtain a letter from the Clerk to bring to the Court.

How to Apply

All Massachusetts vital records may also be obtained at the State Registry of Vital Statistics (617) 740-2600.


The cost of a license in Burlington is $35, which includes a certified copy.


The license is valid for 60 days, and may be used for a ceremony conducted in any Massachusetts city or town.


The member of the clergy or Justice of the Peace who performs the ceremony must sign the license and return it to the city or town where it was issued. The completed license is then sent to the State Registry of Vital Statistics.

Certified copies of the record must be obtained from the city/town where the intentions were filed or from the State Registry of Vital Statistics.