About Massachusetts JPs
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. 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