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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:

Last updated: 6/26/17
Step
1

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.

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

Step
2

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. 

Step
1

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
2

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
3

Or find the City Hall to Go Truck (drop-offs only)

Instead of coming to City Hall, you can submit your death certificate request with the truck. Check the City Hall to Go schedule.

If you use the truck, a copy of a death certificate is $14. You can pay by check or money order made payable to the City of Boston. We will mail you the copy of the certificate within five to seven business days.

Contact:
Registry: Birth, death, and marriage
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.

Don't want a pending certificate?

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.