Marriage Certificates

The Registry has records for couples whose Marriage License was issued in Boston or were married prior to 1983 and listed Boston as their residence.

Information Needed to Request Marriage Certificates

  • If the parents of either spouse were not married at the time of birth of the spouse, only those persons whose names are on the marriage certificate may apply for a certified copy.

  • Those persons must provide a valid picture ID (driver’s license, state ID or passport).

Apply For & Obtain a Marriage Certificate

In-Person (25)IN PERSON

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

IN most cases, certified copies are available the same day when applying in person. For recent marriages, certified copies are available after the completed license is received and registered.

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By Mail (25)BY MAIL

Fill out, sign, & mail in a complete Request Form - Marriage Certificate.

Request Form - Marriage Certificate


Send a letter with the following:

  • Names of both parties who married (including maiden names)

  • Date of marriage

  • # of copies requested

  • Check or money order

  • Name/Address/Telephone # of Requestor

  • Requestor's relationship to person listed on record

  • Photo-copy of requestor's Govt ID (driver's license, state ID or passport)

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

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 prior 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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