How to Obtain Birth Certificates in Massachusetts
A certified copy of your birth certificate is helpful in situations when you need to verify your age and identity like applying for school, the military, obtaining a passport or other legal purposes.
Is you were born in Massachusetts; you may obtain a copy of your birth certificate easily by following the process below.
The Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records manages birth records for the state, and you must contact them to get a certified copy. Only you, your children, parents and legal guardians can access your birth record.
You will need the following information to order a birth certificate:
- The full name of the person on the record.
- The date of birth.
- The city and county of the birth.
- Your valid, photo ID.
- Your relationship to the individual on record.
You may visit the office in person Monday through Friday between 8:45 a.m. and 4:45 a.m. at the location below:
150 Mount Vernon St.
1st Floor, Dorchester
You can also order your copy through the mail by downloading and completing the application and sending it along with your fees to:
Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
150 Mt. Vernon St.
Dorchester, MA 02125
Your mail-in order will be processed within 15-20 days. If you need it sooner, you can write Expedited Mail Service on your envelope, and you will get it within 7-10 days. Additional shipping fees will apply.
You will have to pay a non-refundable, $50 fee for the first copy. Each additional copy will be $42. If you visit the office you can pay by cash, check or money order, but if you order by mail, you can only pay via check or money order, payable to Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
You also have the option of using an online service such VitalChek.com to search for and order a copy of your birth certificate. This service is government-approved for certified copies, and you can order expedited shipping to get them quicker.