How to Obtain a Death Certificate in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, city & town clerk's offices are responsible for original records of all deaths that have occurred in that specific city or town. All death certificates are public records. A certified copy of a death certificate may be obtained in person or by mail (and in some cases over the internet). The fee for a certified copy varies by city or town. It is best to check with your city or town clerk’s office first.

To pick up in person: Copies are usually available in person at city or town clerks offices during office hours. Check the city or town web page for more details. In some cases it is best to call ahead to order certificates in advance of your visit.

To apply by mail: Send a request stating the name and date of death on the certificate you are seeking. Include a check or money order, payable to the city or town and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Mail your request to city or town clerk's office.

 


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