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:
You must also include a return envelope.
Please see the following list of person authorized to order a vital record:
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you were born before 1926 you will need to contact the Archive department in order to access to your original records.