Registry of Vital Records and Statistics (RVRS)

RVRS collects, manages, and tracks millions of vital records in Massachusetts from 1931 to the present. RVRS also provides statistics on births, deaths, fetal deaths, divorces, and marriages. These data sets are used to help understand our population, promote wellness, and ensure health equity within the Commonwealth.

Who we serve

The Registry manages the statewide vital records system, preserving and making records and data available to the public, researchers, and local and state public health programs.

Visit From the Field: Case Study Testimonials to read short interviews about ways that vital records data is serving residents and improving public health. 

Contact us


150 Mount Vernon St., 1st Floor, Dorchester, MA 02125


Amendment Unit: (617) 740-2674


RVRS General Inquiries:
Vital Record Registration Inquiries:
Data and Publications:
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health logo


Registry hours

Monday - Friday:
8:45 am-4:45 pm

Genealogical research hours

1:00 pm-4:00 pm

9:00 am-12:00 pm

1:00 pm-4:00 pm

9:00 am-12:00 pm


A parking lot is available on-site. Rate for parking is $2 per hour, up to a maximum of $6.

More information

The Registry of Vital Records is located in the Bayside Office Center. 

If arriving by public transit
  • The JFK/UMass commuter rail and red line T stop is a 5 minute walk from the Registry. 


See genealogical research hours, parking, and directions

Image credits:  Courthouse interior (George Headley)

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