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How to obtain a birth certificate

How to obtain a birth certificate

You can obtain a copy of a birth certificate for anyone who was born at a hospital or home in Boston, or whose parents listed Boston as their residence at the time of the birth. You have two options:

Step

Birth Certificate for a person born in Boston

REQUIRED

Boston has birth records from 1630 to present day.

Birth certificates for recently born babies are available at Boston City Hall about two weeks after the baby’s paperwork is completed at the hospital.

If the parents weren’t married when the baby was born, the birth certificate becomes  restricted. Restricted means that only those listed on the birth record can get a copy of a restricted birth certificate, and you have to show a valid ID (a driver’s License, State ID, or passport).

In person certified copies are $12. 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 and the completed birth certificate request form to the window labeled “Birth” at the Registry Division:

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 birth certificate request, check or money order for $14 payable to the City of Boston, and copy of your ID with the truck. Check the schedule.

If you go to the truck, the copy of the birth certificate will be mailed to you in about one week.

Step

Birth Certificate for a person born in Boston

REQUIRED

Boston has birth records from 1630 to present day.

Birth certificates for recently born babies are available at Boston City Hall about two weeks after the baby’s paperwork is completed at the hospital.

If the parents weren’t married when the baby was born, the birth certificate becomes  restricted. Only those listed on a restricted record can request it and you need to include a photocopy of your valid ID (a driver’s License, state ID, or passport).

In person certified copies are $12. We take cash, a check (with a valid photo ID), money order, credit, or debit card.
 

Step

Prepare your request

Complete and print out a birth 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 made payable to the City of Boston. Include a photocopy of a valid ID. Please also include a self-addressed stamped envelope so we can mail the copy back to you.
 

Step

Mail your request

Mail your completed form, payment, self-addressed stamped envelope, and the photocopy of your ID to the Registry Birth:
 

1 City Hall Square, Room 213
Boston, MA 02201-2006
United States
Need to Know:

Just want to know the TIME OF BIRTH?

Contact:
Registry
617-635-4175
1 City Hall Square
Room 213
Boston, MA 02201-2006
United States

Keep in mind

Massachusetts General Law only allows certain people to get a copy of a restricted birth certificate. If a record is restricted, only those people listed on the record can get a certified copy. Learn more about the law.

Legal guardians can get a copy of of a child’s birth certificate by showing their court order and a valid ID.

If you legally change your name, that does not change your name on your birth certificate. If you were adopted, your birth certificate after your adoption is the only copy we can give you.

If you require an Apostille, from the Mass. Secretary of State’s Office for international records, please let the Registry staff know that you will need a hand signature. 

Want to fix or add information on a birth certificate? Call the Registry Depositions and Corrections Office at 617-635-4182 on weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For any other questions, you can check the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records or contact the Registry.