Death Certificates

The Registry has death records for individuals who passed in Boston and for those whose record listed their residence as Boston.

Apply For & Obtain a Death Certificate

In-Person (25)IN PERSON

Visit our office & complete a 'Request for Death Certificate' at the counter.

In most cases, certified copies are available the same day when applying in person provided the death has been recorded with the Registrar.

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By Mail (25)BY MAIL

Fill out, sign, & mail in a completed Death Certificate Request Form.

Death Certificate Request Form


Send a letter with the following information:

  • Full name of the deceased (including maiden name)

  • Approximate age of deceased

  • Date of death

  • # of copies requested

  • Check or money order

  • Name/Address/Telephone # of requestor

  • Requestor's relationship to person listed on record

  • Self-addressed postage-paid business size envelope (no returns by Fedex or UPS)

Pending Death Records

A record may be pending if the Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and the final results have not yet been determined. Sometimes insurance companies, banks, and others do not accept a certified copy of a death certificate if it is still pending. When you send your request, please note if you do not want the certificate while the death is still pending.

Records Outside Boston

For births, marriages, or deaths that occurred in another Massachusetts city or town, you can contact that local community or the Massachusetts State Office of Vital Records. The Massachusetts State Archives has records from 1841-1925. The Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records has records from 1926 to present.

MA Archives 
MA Registry of Vital Records

Office Information

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday9AM - 4PM
    Tuesday9AM - 4PM
    Wednesday 9AM - 4PM
    Thursday9AM - 4PM
    Friday9AM - 4PM

  • Address

    Registry Division
    1 City Hall Square, Rm 213
    Boston, MA 02201-2006

  • Certified Copy Requests By Mail

    Requests by mail take approximately 2 weeks to process. Pre-1870 records requiring research will take additional time.

Fees & Payments

  • Certified Copy Fees

    In Person: $12 per request
    By Mail: $14 per request
    Time of Birth ONLY: $10 research charge

    *Records prior to 1870: Additional $10 research charge

  • Payment Options

    In Person: Cash, check (with ID), money order, credit or debit card.
    By Mail: Check or money order.

    Please make check or money order payable to the City of Boston.

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