Before you get started
We have death certificates from 1956 to the present for anyone who died in Boston or listed Boston as their home. If you need a death certificate from before 1956, you will need to order by mail.Cost for online orders
Death certificates cost $14 per copy. That price includes shipping. You will be charged an extra service fee of not more than $0.25 plus 2.15%. That fee goes directly to a third party to pay for the cost of card processing. We have more information about card service fees at the City of Boston.
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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.
Mail your request
Mail your completed form, payment, and self-addressed stamped envelope to the Registry Division:
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.
We're open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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.
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