Information to all physicians regarding the January 28, 2005 effective date of the repeal of medical certificate requirements for marriage licenses. Please note the procedures and timelines described below.
  • Medical certificates are still required for all Massachusetts marriage licenses issued before January 28, 2005, whether or not the marriage itself occurs on or after that date.

  • A couple who will marry on or after January 28, 2005, but files a Notice of Intention to Marry prior to that date, is not required to file a medical certificate, provided that the marriage license itself is not issued until January 28, 2005 or later.

  • All couples that file a Notice of Intention to Marry on or after January 28, 2005, no longer must obtain a medical certificate.

This information is provided by Division of Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Prevention within the Department of Public Health.