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About The Office of The Town Clerk:

The Tyngsborough Town Clerk manages:

Elections, Voter Registration, Census, Vital Records (Birth, Death, Marriage), Marriage Licenses, Business Certificates, Dog Licenses, and Fishing/Hunting Licenses. Scroll down to learn more.

Voter & Election Information Page

Visit our Voter & Election Information page here. Find out where elections are held, what precinct you’re in and see sample ballots.

Town Meeting Information Page

Visit our Town Meeting page here. Find out about the next Town Meeting, view warrants and see live votes.

Department Staff

Joanne Shifres

Joanne Shifres

Town Clerk

Serving Tyngsborough since 2002.

Nancy Johnson

Nancy Johnson

Assistant Town Clerk

Serving Tyngsborough since 1987.

Tyngsborough Town Bylaws

Marriage Licenses & Certificates

Obtaining a Marriage License

You may obtain a marriage license from the Town Clerk’s office at the following address:

Town Clerk’s Office

Tyngsborough Town Hall
25 Bryant Lane
Tyngsborough, MA 01879
(978) 649-2300 extension 129
[email protected]

The Town Clerk’s Office accepts marriage license applications during regular office hours.

The fee is $30.00 for a marriage license.  The Town accepts checks, money orders or cash.  All checks should be made payable to the Town of Tyngsborough.

General Information:

1.  A Divorce Decree is not necessary when filing an intention, but divorce must be finalized at the time of filing the application.

2.  In addition, you may not marry certain relatives, as follows:  no man shall marry his mother, grandmother, daughter, granddaughter, sister, stepmother, grandfather’s wife, grandson’s wife wife’s mother, wife’s grandmother, wife’s daughter, wife’s granddaughter, brother’s daughter, sister’s daughter, father’s sister or mother’s sister, and no woman shall marry her father, grandfather, son, grandson, brother, stepfather, grandmother’s husband, daughter’s husband, granddaughter’s husband, husband’s grandfather, husband’s son, husband’s grandson, brother’s son, sister’s son, father’s brother or mother’s brother.

3.  Blood tests are no longer required.

4.  No intention can be filed for parties who do not plan to reside in Massachusetts if the marriage will be considered illegal in their state of residence.

To apply for a marriage license, both parties must appear together at the Town Clerk’s office and bring the following:

  • a photo ID
  • a Court Marriage of Minor Order for any applicant under the age of 18   (This is obtained from the probate or district court where the minor resides.)
  • a certified birth record for any applicant under the age of 18

Once the intention is complete, there is a three day waiting period as follows:

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Monday Thursday
Tuesday Friday
Wednesday Monday
Thursday Monday
Friday Monday

In order to waive the three-day waiting period, you must bring an approved Court Order for a Marriage Without Delay showing a judge’s permission to waive the waiting period.  The Lowell District Court is one court that issues these Orders, for a fee, and is located at 41 Hurd Street, Lowell, 978-459-4101.

The marriage license is valid for sixty days from the date the intention was filed.  It can be used in any city or town within the Commonwealth but is invalid in any other state.

A priest, minister, rabbi or justice of the peace may perform the ceremony.  A justice of the peace will not require witnesses to the ceremony.

Out-of-state clergy or justices of the peace may perform the ceremony in Massachusetts if an authorization has been obtained prior to the ceremony from the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office (617-727-2836).  This office will issue a one-day solemnization to officiate at the ceremony.

After the ceremony, the officiant must complete and sign the license in black ink only and return it to the Town Clerk’s office.

Open Meeting Law

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts adopted in 1958 its first open meeting law applicable to governmental units at the state, county and municipal levels.  The first statute was fairly general in approach, and after a series of amendments over the years, the Open Meeting Law was substantially revamped in 1975.  There have been a number of amendments to the Law since 1975, but its general format and provisions have remained the same.

The purpose of the Open Meeting Law is to eliminate much of the secrecy surrounding the deliberations and decisions on which public policy is based.  It accomplishes this purpose by requiring open discussion of governmental action at public meetings.  The requirements of the Open Meeting Law grow out of the idea that the democratic process depends on the public having knowledge about the considerations underlying governmental action taken by their representatives.  The overriding intent of the Open Meeting Law is therefore to foster and indeed require open discussion of governmental action at public meetings.  Yet the Law does recognize that public officials might be “unduly hampered” if all discussion by public officials were required to be open.  As a result, it specifies certain types of issues that may be discussed and decided in a closed session.  These exceptions are limited in number and scope.

The Law applies to those meetings of governmental bodies in which a quorum of the body convenes to deliberate on any public business or policy within its jurisdiction.  The terms meeting, governmental body, deliberation, and quorum are specifically defined in the law – M.G.L. Chapter 39, §23A.

For covered meetings, the Law lays out specific procedures that must be followed.  Most important is that the meeting be open to the public except in nine specific circumstances that are described in the statute.  If one of the exceptions applies, the governmental body can meet in an executive session (closed session), provided it follows certain preparatory steps.  Other critical procedural requirements are that records be maintained of all meetings (including executive sessions) and be made available to the public, and that notice of all meetings be publicly posted at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.  In Tyngsborough the bulletin board in the Town Hall breezeway at 25 Bryant Lane is the official posting location for all meetings.  In addition, meetings are posted on the Town’s website.

Responsibility for enforcement of the Law at the local levels is vested in the District Attorney.  For more information, visit the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office OML Division, where you will also find a link to their OML Guideline Booklet — http://www.middlesexda.com/

Public Records Law

The Massachusetts Public Records Law provides that every person has a right of access to public information.  This right of access includes the right to inspect, copy or have copies of records provided, upon the payment of a reasonable fee.

The Massachusetts General Laws broadly define “public records” to include all documentary materials or data, regardless of physical form or characteristics, which are made or received by any officer or employee of any Massachusetts governmental entity.  As a result, all photographs, papers and electronic storage media including electronic mail of which a governmental employee is the “custodian” constitute “public records.”  There are, however, 15 narrowly construed exemptions to this broad definition of “public records.”

Requests may be oral or written, and may be made in person, through the mail, by fax, or through electronic mail.  A reasonable description of the document(s) requested should be provided, to assist the custodian in identifying the requested documents.  The custodian has up to 10 days to provide a response to the request.  The custodian is only required to provide records that are in existence and is not required to create a new record based on material in his/her custody to accommodate a specific request.

The cost for copies of written documents is 25¢ per page for photocopies, and 50¢ per page for computer printouts.  Additional fees may be charged for over-sized documents (such as maps and plans, which cannot be copied with a normal photocopier), and for staff time to search for the records, prepare for copying, photocopy and refile.  The custodian is required to provide the requester with a good-faith estimate of the cost if is expected to exceed $10.

For further information, or to download a Guide to the Public Records Law, please also visit the State Public Records Division website.

Meeting Minutes

Meeting minutes are generally kept by the clerk or recording secretary of each board or committee. Many send electronic copies that are posted here:

Meeting Minutes