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How to Order Birth Certificates in Massachusetts

Birth certificates for the state of Massachusetts are handled by the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics.  Their records begin in the year 1916.  Massachusetts Birth Records Search

Please note that you are only able to order birth certificates for yourself, your spouse, or a child for whom you are the parent, guardian or legal representative.  You must be at least 18 yeas of age and provide proof of your identity in the form of a copy of a valid government-issued photo ID, such as your driver’s license, state-issued identification card, government issued employment identification, or passport. 

Enlarge the copy of your ID and lighten it if needed to ensure it is clear and readable.  Sign underneath it to verify that you are the requestor.  If you are not ordering your own birth certificate, please make a notation on the copy of your ID of y our relationship to the person whose birth certificate you are requesting.  Enclose a copy of any legal or supporting documentation such as guardianship papers or marriage license or certificate.

Please download the Massachusetts birth certificate order form and fill it out and mail with payment and a copy of your photo identification to:

Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
150 Mt. Vernon Street, 1st Floor
Dorchester, MA 02125-3105

The fee for mail request is $28.00.

Please do not send cash.  Personal check or certified funds only.

Please call (617) 740-2600 prior to mailing to ensure that the fees have not changed since the publication of this document.

You may also present the form, payment, and ID in person to:

Bayside Office Center (next to the Bayside Expo Center)
150 Mount Vernon St., 1st Fl.
Dorchester, MA 02125-3105
(617) 740-2600

The hours of operation are Monday - Friday:  8:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

The fee is reduced to $18 when you go in person.

If you have any questions, please call (617) 740-2600.