Registry Division, City of Boston

Filed Under: Administrative Issues
One City Hall Square
Room 213
Boston, ma 02201
Phone: 617-635-4175
Fax: 617-635-3775
Who to Contact
Boston Registrar for Birth, Death and Marriage

The Registry Division maintains records for all births, marriages, and deaths for the City of Boston. If you were born in Boston you can obtain a birth certificate (or replacement certificate) by visiting the office in person or by mailing in a request.

In Person: The Registry is located in Room 213 in City Hall (2nd floor.) The cost is $12.00 per certificate payable by cash, check, money order, credit or debit card. If the parents were not married at the time of the child’s birth, the record is restricted to only those listed on the birth record and will require a valid ID. All copies are certified. A research fee of $10.00 applies to records dated prior to 1870.

By Mail: You can also request that a certificate be mailed to you. You should print and complete a request form (found on the website), a photo copy of your ID and a self-addressed stamped envelope. The fee is $14.00 per copy. Payment may be made by check or money order only, payable to the City of Boston. Do not send cash through the mail. Delivery usually takes about 3-4 weeks.

If you are looking for a birth, marriage, or death record that took place outside of Boston, contact that city or town directly.

Service hours

M - F: 9am - 4pm

Other Locations

See Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics listing.

Waiting time
Delivery usually takes about 2 weeks.
$12 per certificate if requested in person or $14 if requested by mail

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 November 20, 2018