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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.

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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

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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. 

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