Vital Records


KEEPER OF VITAL RECORDS:  ***

  • Birth Records: $10 (long form only)
  • Marriage Intentions*: $35 (Effective 1/2/14)
  • Marriage Records: $10
  • Death Records: $10
  • Correction of Record of Birth, Marriage, Death: $25
  • Record of Birth Outside of the Commonwealth: $25

*** All certified copies of vital records must be ordered one day in advance


PUBLIC RECORDS ACCESS OFFICER

INFORMATION FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE:

You must both apply in person (with identification please) for a marriage license. This is called filing marriage intentions.

A marriage license is good for 60 days from the day the marriage intentions are filed.

There is a 3-day waiting period from the date you file your marriage intentions before the marriage license may be picked up. The fee for filing marriage intentions will be $35 effective Jan. 2, 2014.

Medical Certificates are no longer required in Massachusetts.

Fees for the following effective 7/1/2012

  • Extracts of Voter Activities on a CD for State and Town Election: $25 (CD to be provided by the person requesting the information)
  • Business Certificates (certificate expires 4 years from date of issue): $40
  • Business Certificate Renewals: $20

Links for Vital Records:

  • Registry of Vital Records and Statistics - Basic information site about ordering certified copies, hours of operation, etc.
  • Specific questions about examination of records, genealogical research facilities, etc. – call 617-740-2600 or click here to email.
  • VitalChek - Information on ordering certified copies of vital records from other jurisdictions