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Registry: Birth, death, and marriage

COVID-19 UPDATE: To apply for a marriage license, couples must apply together and in person. Due to a high volume of couples wanting to apply, our appointments are booked through August. We will open up our online scheduler and calendar again on August 12 at 10 a.m.

  • Massachusetts Law requires couples to have a valid marriage license to get married in the state.
  • If you book an appointment online with us but no longer need it for whatever reason, please email to cancel your appointment. That will open up the spot for another couple.

For certified copies of Boston birth, death, and marriage certificates with a raised seal, please apply online or by mail. We are not taking in-person meetings for vital records at this time. For questions, please call 617-635-4175 or email

1 City Hall Square
Room 213
Boston, MA 02201-2006
Temporary COVID-19 hours
City Hall is only open to the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

All Class D, Class DM, ID cards, and Learner’s Permits that have expired or are expiring between March 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020, will have a 60-day extension applied to the current expiration date on the credential.

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