Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics (RVRS)

Filed Under: Administrative Issues
150 Mt. Vernon Street
1st Floor
Dorchester, ma 02125
Main: 617-740-2600

RVRS administers and issues copies of vital records that occurred in Massachusetts from 1926 to the present. RVRS also provides statistics on births, deaths, fetal deaths, divorces, and marriages. These data are used by local and state public health programs and medical researchers to help understand our population, promote wellness, and ensure health equity within the Commonwealth.

  • Order a Birth, Marriage, or Death Certificate¬†
    • Before making request for a vital record, you will need:
      • The subject’s name
      • Date of the event
      • Place of the event
      • Proof of your identification (ID)
        • Acceptable forms of ID: preferably a driver’s license (even if expired) or Government-issued photo ID)
      • You may also be required to provide documentation showing how your relation to the subject of the record if you’re a legal guardian or representative
    • How to order
      • Online: request an online order from VitalChek
      • By phone: call VitalChek at 617-740-2606
      • By mail: Send your completed vital records mail order form and a check or money order payable to Commonwealth of Massachusetts to:
        • Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, 150 Mt. Vernon St. 1st Floor, Dorchester MA 02125
      • In person: you can order certified records at the Registry counter Monday – Friday 8:45am – 4:45pm
        • Cash is not accepted
    • Most orders are filled within 2-3 weeks (expedited options are available)
Service hours

M - F: 8:45am - 4:45pm (RVRS Office)

Online or by phone: $51 for first copy, $42 per additional copy; By mail: $32 per copy; In person: $20 per copy

While every effort is made to provide current and accurate information for the agency descriptions and hours of operation, it is recommended to call the agency to verify the information before visiting.

Last updated December 13, 2021


Agency information may have changed due to COVID-19. Please contact individual agencies to double-check their information.