Looking for a Massachusetts wedding officiant?
Visit findaJP.com to learn more about Massachusetts wedding laws and to search for a Justice of the Peace.
Are you a Massachusetts JP?
- See the state’s summary of duties for commissioned JPs
- Learn more about the benefits of a JPus membership.
Becoming a JP
In Massachusetts, a justice of the peace is appointed by the Governor for a seven year term and confirmed by the Governors Council. Each city/town is allowed one justice for every 5000 residents. In addition to affirming marriages, JPs may take affirmations, oaths, and depositions. Sometimes they may call meetings. Here is a summary of duties. Applications may be obtained from the Governor’s Council.
- Non-residents, including JPs from other states, can marry people in Massachusetts.
- The state prescribes the fees for the Solemnization of a Marriage. As such, JPus has advocated to increase the cap that can be charged.
- Any Massachusetts city or town hall may issue a marriage license. The state’s Citizen Information Service provides contact information.
JPus Advocacy Efforts in Massachusetts
- Massachusetts One-Day Solemnizers
- Ending Child Marriages
- Increase Compensation for JPs
- Legislation Affecting MA JPs
- Learn how the Justice of the Peace Association supports civil marriage officiants
- Professional development and training for justices of the peace
- Go back to the history of JPs (and notaries) by State
- Are you a couple looking to get married? See our About Notaries and JP page