Massachusetts Vital Records

Massachusetts State Vital Records Office

Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
150 Mt. Vernon Street, 1st floor
Dorchester, MA 02125-3105

Certified copies may be obtained through the Registry in person ($6.00 each), by mail ($11.00) or by phone ($19.00). Regardless of how you request copies, you should be prepared to provide the name of the subject(s) of the record, the date of the event and, if known, the city or town where the event occurred.

The fee for records ordered by phone is $19.00 per certified copy. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are the only acceptable forms of payment. You may request overnight delivery for an additional fee.

Record Type Cost Dates Comments
Birth/Death/Marriage $11.00 Since 1905 Make check or money order payable to Commonwealth of Massachusetts and mail to the Bureau of Health Statistics address given above.
Birth/Death/Marriage $3.00 1841-1905 Certified copy. Microfilm prints are $0.50 each. The Massachusetts Archives at Columbia Point
220 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125
Birth/Death/Marriage Before 1841 Contact the Town Clerk in town or city where event occurred. Printed Vital Records Prior to 1850, organized by town, are available in many research libraries, including the Massachusetts State Library.
Divorce $10.00 Since 1952 Index only since 1952, however, it is not complete. Copies are available from the Registrar of Probate Court in the county where the couple last lived as husband and wife.

Massachusetts Counties:

Dukes, Middlesex, Barnstable, Berkshire, Bristol, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, Worcester

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