Copies of birth, marriage and death records can be obtained in person, by mail or online. The fee for each certified copy is $10.00.
To obtain the record online, see Online Services. You will need to register to receive records this way and pay by debit or credit card.
If requesting a record by mail, please send a letter with the date of birth, marriage or death, along with a check or money order, a self addressed stamped envelope and a photo copy of your I.D. Please provide a telephone number so we may contact you with any questions we may have.
If coming into the City Clerk’s office, you may obtain the record immediately.
Access to restricted birth and marriage records are limited by §2A, Chapter 46, M.G.L. For those persons with access to restricted records, proof of identity (a photo ID) is necessary, and in some cases additional documentation is also necessary. Access to persons other than listed below require a court order.
Out-of-Wedlock Births: Access to non-marital (out-of-wedlock) births is limited by §2A, Chapter 46, M.G.L. to the following:
- A person seeking their own birth record or their attorney
- Parent listed on the record
- Legal Guardian (original court document must be presented)
Marriages of Person Born Out-of-Wedlock: Access to marriage certificates when the bride or groom was born out-of-wedlock is limited by §2A, Chapter 46, M.G.L. to the following:
- Bride or groom
- Legal representative of the bride or groom
- Parent or guardian of the bride or groom