Access to vital records
Due to severe flooding that took place at the offices of the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics in February, the public research room will remain closed until June 1st, 2022 while facility renovations are ongoing.
Please continue to check this webpage for information about changes to RVRS services. https://www.mass.gov/orgs/registry-of-vital-records-and-statistics
Years of records available
Birth, death, and marriage records
At the Registry of Vital Records, you can access records from 1926–present.
Records for events that occurred from 1841–1925 are available from the State Archives.
Earlier records may be available at the city or town of occurrence. Some city and town records are available from as early as 1635.
The Registry maintains an index of divorces from 1952–present. Copies of the divorce records are available from the probate court where the divorce was obtained. Copies are not available at the Registry.
Researching out-of-state records
If you are looking for vital records from other states, please refer to the National Center for Health Statistics index.
What to know before visiting the Registry of Vital Records
- Photos are not allowed
- Children under the age of 12 are not allowed in the research room
- Records are only available in person
- No records are kept online
- The Registry only issues certified copies of records, regardless of intended use