Marriage Licenses

For those couple who would like to apply for your Marriage Intenetions in the Town of Winchester, please email us at  We will forward the intention forms and set up an appointment for your to take your oath.

You both must be present when taking the Oath of Marriage Intention and have a valid ID.

Except for a few exceptional circumstances, both parties must appear together in person at the office of the Town Clerk in order to obtain a marriage license. The couple must complete and sign under oath an Intention of Marriage which states that there is an absence of any legal impediment to the marriage. Each party must provide the following information:

  • Present full name
  • Surname after marriage
  • Age & Date of birth
  • Residence
  • Occupation
  • Birthplace
  • Name of father / parent
  • Name of mother / parent (including maiden name if applicable)
  • Social Security number
  • Status of previous marriages / civil unions / domestic partnerships if any

Age Requirements

Persons seeking a marriage license must be at least 18 years old. Premarital blood tests are no longer required in Massachusetts.

Waiting Period

Massachusetts requires a mandatory 3 day waiting period from the time the Intention of Marriage is filed before a marriage license can be issued. A waiver from this period may be obtained from the local District Court. A marriage license must be used within 60 days from the date of filing the Intention of Marriage 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.