Marriage License

Persons wishing to obtain a license to marry in Massachusetts must file their intentions to marry with any Massachusetts City or Town Clerk in person (except for in cases where one person is in the military or incarcerated) at least three days before the ceremony. When applying for the marriage license you must provide the following:

  • A picture ID
  • Proof of residency


In Dover, the cost of filing for a marriage license is $15, and $5 for a certified copy.


The license is valid for sixty 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.

Further Information

For further information contact the Dover Town Clerk’s Office at 508-785-0032, ext. 226, or the Mass. Secretary of State’s Commissions Section at 617-727-2836.