Contact for Establish a delayed record of marriage
Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
The Details of Establish a delayed record of marriage
What you need for Establish a delayed record of marriage
Notice of Intention of Marriage
Go to either the State Registry or the city or town clerk in the community where you applied for a license. This license is a Notice of Intention of Marriage. If you were married in Massachusetts without a license, call the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics before continuing.
Before you apply, you will need to search the registry to see if your marriage record already exists. If we can't find your record, we will send you a Negative Statement. You need this statement to apply for a delayed record.
Evidence the marriage took place
We need evidence that proves the marriage took place. This could be:
- A certified copy of the marriage from records of the person performing the marriage.
- A notarized statement from at least two witnesses.
- In this case, also include a statement on why the individual performing the marriage does not have records of the marriage.
- A newspaper report of the events.
The Registry accepts cash and checks. Make checks payable to the order of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Fees for Establish a delayed record of marriage
|Cost of establishment||$50||per record|
How to apply Establish a delayed record of marriage
Visit the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics with the above documentation and the fee.
Next steps for Establish a delayed record of marriage
If your request to establish a record of your marriage is denied, you may petition the Massachusetts probate court.