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Request a death certificate

Death certificates are public record, and can be requested by anyone.

Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

The Details of Request a death certificate

What you need for Request a death certificate

You can request a copy of a death certificate from the clerk of the city or town where the death occurred.

  • The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner does not issue death certificates. Death certificates are issued from the city or town clerk where the death occurred.

  • The funeral director may obtain copies of the death certificate for the deceased's closest legal living relative.

  • Sometimes more testing is needed to confirm the cause and manner of death. Our office will still release a death certificate while we do this testing. The cause and manner of death will be listed as pending until we confirm them. Once our office finds the cause and manner, you can get an updated copy from the city or town clerk.

  • If you have any questions, you can contact our main office at (617) 267-6767.

How to get Request a death certificate

You can find the correct clerk online to request a copy of a death certificate. Once you find the right clerk, contact them to submit your request.

If you know the city or town where the death occurred, you can visit the clerk's office to get a copy of the death certificate.

Contact for Request a death certificate

Address
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Headquarters
720 Albany St., Boston , MA 02118
Fax
(617) 266-6763

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