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How to get a death certificate

How to get a death certificate

We have death certificates for anyone who died in Boston, or who listed Boston as their home. You have two options:

Step

Prepare for your visit

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

Set aside $12 for your death certificate request. We take cash, a check (with a valid photo ID), money order, credit, or debit card.

Step

Go to Boston City Hall

Bring your $12 payment and completed death certificate request form to the window labeled “Death”:

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

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 death certificate request with the truck. Check the schedule.

If you go to use the truck, the copy of the death certificate are $14 each (check or money order payable to the City of Boston) and they will be mailed to you within one week.

Step

Prepare your request

Complete and print out a death certificate request form.

Certificates cost $14 per copy. If you are requesting a copy dated before 1870, include an additional $10 research fee.

Pay by check or money order payable to the City of Boston.

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 the Registry Division:

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

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

Contact:
Registry
617-635-4175
1 City Hall Square
Room 213
Boston, MA 02201-2006
United States
Need to get a burial permit?

A burial permit is needed to bury, cremate, or transport a person’s remains in Boston. You can find more information about burial permits via the Boston Public Health Commission.

 

Pending death records

If the final results of a Medical Examiner’s autopsy haven’t been determined, the death record is considered pending. 

Some insurance and banking companies won’t accept a death certificate if it is still pending.

If you mail your request, you can check a box on the form to let us know that you don’t want a certificate while the death is pending.