The Registry collects, processes, corrects, and issues copies of birth, death, and marriage records that occur in Massachusetts.
To obtain a copy of a birth, death, or marriage certificate you must have the subject’s name, date of event, and Massachusetts town or city in which the event took place. If your parents were not married, you must have a picture ID. To obtain a birth certificate you will also need your parents’ full names including mother’s maiden name.
Note that ONLY CERTIFIED COPIES of records are issued by the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics. You can obtain a certified copy in the following ways:
Go to the address above with required documentation in hand. The cost is $20 per record. (The office is located next to the Bayside Expo Center, in the Bayside Office Center)
Complete a Mail Order Form (available on the Registry website) to the above address with a check or money order payable to “The Commonwealth of Massachusetts” in a stamped self-addressed, business-size envelope. The cost is $32 per record. Allow 20-30 business days for the record to be processed.
The cost for expedited mail service is $42 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.
You may also request certified copies of records by telephone, internet, and fax. These service options are provided by VitalChek Network, Inc., an independent company that the Registry has partnered with to provide these options. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service (in addition to the fees described below), and all major credit cards are accepted.
You will need to supply the information indicated above and have a valid credit card if you choose to use any of the options listed below.
The cost for any of the following order formats is $50, and each additional copy of the same record is $42. Orders will be processed within seven to ten business days of receipt. For an additional charge of $18.50 your order can be shipped next day delivery or for an additional charge of $11.50 your order can be shipped second day delivery.
Place your order by calling: (617) 740-2606
Submit an order through the VitalChek website:
Place your order by faxing the FAX Order Form to this number: 1-866-550-2067