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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, and you must make an appointment. Please use our online booking application to select a day and time for your appointment. Our scheduler books up quickly, but more times become available if there are cancellations.

  • You may only book one appointment with the Registry at a time. It is the Registry's policy at this time that, should a couple book multiple appointments, the Registry will keep your most recently booked appointment, cancel the earlier appointments, and notify you.
  • When you apply in person, you'll need to bring your IDs, as well as $50 for the license fee. 
  • Your marriage license expires 60 days from the date that you file and sign your marriage intention at the Registry Department on the day of your appointment.
  • After your appointment, your marriage license will be issued and put in the mail three days later. It will be sent to the address listed under Party A on your marriage intention.
  • Massachusetts Law requires couples to have a valid marriage license to get married in the state.

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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