Application process: Massachusetts

Identification process in Massachusetts

The Health Department of Massachusetts requires applicants, once they have completed and signed the application form, to prove their identity by including a photocopy of their ID.

Acceptable document of identification are:

Provide one (1) of the following identification documents:

  • Photo driver's license
  • State Id

You must also include a return envelope.

Who may apply for birth or death certificate?

Please see the following list of person authorized to order a vital record:

Birth
  • Person on records
  • Parent
  • Legal guardian
Death
  • Parent
  • Child
  • Sibling
  • Spouse
  • Legal guardian

Please note: If you can provide documentation of legal interest, or if you are holding a Power of Attorney from the person on record, you are eligible to request the vital record for that person.

How Long Will Birth Certificate Delivery Take?

It will take about 4 to 6 business weeks to get your birth certificate.The state needs ample time to process the number of inquiries they receive. Delays may vary depending on the volume being processed.

How Long Will Death Certificate Delivery Take?

It will take about 4 to 6 business weeks to get your death certificate.The state needs ample time to process the number of inquiries they receive. Delays may vary depending on the volume being processed.

How Can I Pay For My Certificate Application?

The State of Massachusetts accepts the following payment:

Please address this payment to: Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Massachusetts State Fee: Birth $32, Death $32

This fee will change if you order more than one copy or request rush processing.

Exception and Date Limit?

If you were born before 1926 you will need to contact the Archive department in order to access to your original records.