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How to get a copy of a marriage certificate

How to get a copy of a marriage certificate

If you filed for a marriage license in Boston, you can get a certified copy of your marriage certificate after you are married. You have two options:

Step

Before you get started, keep in mind

A third of copy requests are for restricted marriage records.  A marriage certificate is restricted when either person’s parents weren’t married when they were born.

If the record is restricted, only those people listed on the marriage certificate can get a certified copy.

Step

Prepare for your visit

To save time, complete and print out a marriage certificate request form. You can also fill out the form in person at Boston City Hall.

A Certified Copy of a marriage record is $12 in person. The record is available about two weeks after it is received back by the Registry after the ceremony. We take cash, a check (with a valid photo ID), money order, credit, or debit card.

We only have records for marriage where the couple filed for the marriage license in Boston City Hall. Please remember, it is based on where you filed, not where the wedding ceremony took place.

Step

Go to City Hall

Bring your $12 and the completed marriage certificate request form to the window labeled “Marriage” at the Registry Division:

  • 1 City Hall Square, Room 213
  • Boston, MA 02201-2006
  • Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you were married recently, your certificate is available as soon as we receive and register your marriage license.

Step

Or find the City Hall to Go truck

The City Hall to Go truck helps residents complete city services in their neighborhood. Instead of coming to City Hall, you can submit your birth certificate request with the truck. Check the schedule.

If you go to use the truck, the copy of the marriage certificate will be mailed to you.

Step

Before you get started, keep in mind

A third of copy requests are for restricted marriage records.  A marriage certificate is restricted when either person’s parents weren’t married when they were born.

If the record is restricted, only those people listed on the marriage certificate can get a certified copy.

Step

Get your request ready

Complete and print out a marriage certificate request form.

Certificates cost $14 per copy by mail. If you are requesting a copy dated before 1870, include a $10 research fee. Pay by check or money order made payable to the City of Boston. If the record is restricted, please also include a photocopy of a valid ID.

Include a self-addressed stamped envelope so we can mail the copy back to you.

Step

Mail your request

Mail your completed form, payment, and self-addressed stamped envelope to:

  • Registry Marriage
  • 1 City Hall Square, Room 213
  • Boston, MA 02201-2006

You will receive the copy in about two weeks. If you are looking for a certificate dated before 1870, please allow additional time.

Need to Know:
Restricted records

Massachusetts General Law only allows certain people to get a copy of a restricted birth, marriage, or death certificate. If a record is restricted, only those people listed on the record can get a certified copy.

You need a court order to get a restricted record when you are not listed on the record. Learn more about the law.

Want to correct or add info on a marriage certificate?

Call the Registry Depositions and Corrections Office at 617-635-4182 for more information. We are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Contact:
Registry
617-635-4175
1 City Hall Square
Room 213
Boston, MA 02201-2006
United States