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.
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.
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
- 2019 Legislation Affecting JPs
Are you a Massachusetts JP?
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