The Registry of Vital Records and Statistics maintains birth, death and marriage records that occur in Massachusetts from 1921 to the present.

The Registry also maintains an index of divorces from 1952 to the present. Copies of the divorce records are available from the probate court where the divorce was obtained.

There are several ways to obtain copies of records:

Vital Records have been registered in Massachusetts since 1635. Statewide collection began in 1841. Records for events that occurred from 1841-1920 are available at the State Archives (617) 727-2816. Earlier records may be available at the City or Town of Occurrence.

Please note the following facts about the records maintained by the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics:

  • Certain records are restricted from public access. Identification may be required for processing some orders.
  • The Registry of Vital Records and Statistics maintains no indexes or records on the Internet. Records are only available on site at the Registry offices or at the city or town where the event occurred.
  • Note that ONLY CERTIFIED COPIES of records are issued by the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, regardless of intended use.
  • Please review this link to the Registry's Access Policy.

At the Registry

The Registry counter is open to the public during the following hours:

The cost for each certified copy of a record is $20.00 at the Registry counter. Orders placed at the Registry counter must include subjects name, date of event and place of event.  Genealogical research services are not available at the Registry counter. Please see section titled Genealogical Research for more information. Note that ONLY CERTIFIED COPIES of records are issued by the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, regardless of intended use.

The Registry is also open to the public in our research area.

For general information about research at the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, call (617) 740-2600.

For specific questions about the use of public indexes, the examination of records, extracting information from public records, record restrictions, and genealogical research facilities, call (617) 740-2600 or email vital.recordsrequest@state.ma.us

By Internet

The Massachusetts Registry Of Vital Records and Statistics does not accept credit cards or online orders; however, for your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc. VitalChek can be reached through its website, www.vitalchek.com. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®.

The Vitalchek will process orders for certified copies via Internet. Note that ONLY CERTIFIED COPIES of records are issued by the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, regardless of intended use.

The cost for the first certified copy is $50.00, and each additional copy of the same record is $42.00. You will need to place your order using a major credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover).

Orders will be processed within seven to ten business days of receipt. Orders will be processed within seven to ten business days of receipt. The Registry is now offering a next day service, which prioritizes your order for next business day delivery for vital record certified copies, the cost for this service is an additional $8.50 per certificate.For an additional charge of $16.50, your order can be shipped UPS Overnight.

Please review the Registry's Access Policy if you are requesting a birth or marriage record in which the subject of the record was born out-of-wedlock. Internet orders must include the subject's name, date of event and place of event (research is not available via internet order).

The Registry of Vital Records and Statistics maintains no indexes or records on the Internet. Records are only available on site at the Registry offices or at the city of town where the event occurred.

By Telephone

The Massachusetts Registry Of Vital Records and Statistics does not accept credit cards or telephone orders; however, for your convenience, you can process telephone requests through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc. VitalChek can be reached by phone at 1-866-300-8535. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®.

Certified copies of records may be ordered by telephone using a major credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover). Place your order by calling: (617) 740-2606

Note that ONLY CERTIFIED COPIES of records are issued by the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, regardless of intended use. The cost for the first certified copy is $50.00, and each additional copy of the same record is $42.00. Orders will be processed within seven to ten business days of receipt. The Registry is now offering a next day service, which prioritizes your order for next business day delivery for vital record certified copies, the cost for this service is an additional $8.50 per certificate. For an additional charge of $16.50, your order can be shipped UPS Overnight.

Please review the Registry's Access Policy if you are requesting a birth or marriage record in which the subject of the record was born out-of-wedlock. Telephone orders must include the subject's name, date of event and place of event (research is not available via telephone order.)

By Fax

The Massachusetts Registry Of Vital Records and Statistics does not accept credit cards or fax orders; however, for your convenience, you can process fax requests through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc. VitalChek can be reached by fax at 1-866-550-2067. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®.

Certified copies of records may be ordered by FAX using a major credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover).

Note that ONLY CERTIFIED COPIES of records are issued by the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, regardless of intended use. Place your order by FAXING the FAX Order Form to this number: 1-866-550-2067. The cost for the first certified copy is $50.00, and each additional copy of the same record is $42.00. Orders will be processed within seven to ten business days of receipt. The Registry is now offering a next day service, which prioritizes your order for next business day delivery for vital record certified copies, the cost for this service is an additional $8.50 per certificate. For an additional charge of $16.50, your order can be shipped UPS Overnight.

Please review the Registry's Access Policy if you are requesting a birth or marriage record in which the subject of the record was born out-of-wedlock. FAX orders must include the subject's name, date of event and place of event (research is not available via FAX order.)

By Mail

Provide the information requested on the Mail Order Form (PDF) pdf format of    Mail Order Form  rtf format of Mail Order Form and mail your request to:

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

Note that ONLY CERTIFIED COPIES of records are issued by the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, regardless of intended use.

Make your check or money order payable to "The Commonwealth of Massachusetts". Enclose a business-size self-addressed envelope. The cost of each record includes a ten-year search if the exact date or place of event is not known.

  • Regular Mail - The cost for each record ordered by mail is $32.00. Orders are normally processed within 20-30 business days of receipt. If faster service is required on your mail order, these services are also available:
  • Expedited Mail - The cost for expedited mail service is $42.00 for each certified copy. Address your envelope to the attention of "Expedited Mail Service." Your order will be processed within seven to ten business days of receipt. (Research is not available via expedited mail service.)

If faster service is needed, you will need to order your certificate by one of the other options described above.

Please review the Registry's Access Policy if you are requesting a birth or marriage record in which the subject of the record was born out-of-wedlock.

 


This information is provided by the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics within the Department of Public Health.