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How to get a death certificate

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

Last updated: 7/22/19
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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 or in person.

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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Search our system and place your order

Death certificates application

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Prepare your request

Complete and print out a death certificate request form:

Death certificate request

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.

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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. 

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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:

Death certificate request form


COST OF CERTIFICATES

Certificates cost $12 per copy when you buy them in person.  We accept cash, credit cards, pinless debit cards, and checks or money orders made payable to the City of Boston.

If you use a credit card or pinless debit card, there is a non-refundable service fee of 2.5% of the total payment, with a $1 minimum. This fee is paid to the card processor and not kept by the City.

PLEASE NOTE:

If your debit card requires you to enter your pin to process a payment, you CANNOT use it to pay your fee.

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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.

Contact:
Registry: Birth, death, and marriage
1 City Hall Square
Room 213
Boston, MA 02201-2006
United States
Office hours

We're open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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.

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