State certified death records are official, legal documents and obtained through the Massachusetts State Registry of Vital Statistics in Boston.
Each death certificate is embossed with the official raised Massachusetts state seal, is signed by the State Registrar, contains original date of issue and current copy date, is printed on secure, watermarked paper and has a scanned, digital bar-code for tracking
Certified death records are valid for providing proof of death for life insurance claims, probate court estate filings, social security death benefit payments, pension and retirement benefits and for many other legal and official purposes.
The fee for obtaining and shipping a Massachusetts certified death certificate within the United States for delivery in 10 - 14 business days is $45 [US].
An expedited shipping option for delivery within 5 - 7 business days is available within the United States for an additional $30 [US]. Quantity discounts also apply for duplicate records ordered at the same time.
International shipping service is also an option, as well as providing Massachusetts State Apostille or Authenticated Seals.
Our standard document fees however, include first class international postage only, with no guarantee of delivery time. Upgrading to DHL Global Express, or FedEx shipping is an option for our international customers.
If interested in having your record sent by an international express service, first place your order by choosing the expedited option below. Once you receive your email confirmation, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request for express international postage and/or apostille service. Your shipping address will be on the order.
We will respond within one business day or less and let you know the additional fee(s). Payment can then be made online via a secure link.
Apostille fees vary based on the country needing the Apostille and the overall number of documents needing an Apostille, but average about $25 [US]. For the additional postage fees, we only charge exactly what DHL or FedEx charges us for their service.
The average DHL or FedEx service fee to Western Europe, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand and the Orient averages about $75 - $125 [US]. Service fees to Canada and Mexico are about $55 - $85 [US].
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the extensive renovation and construction delays caused by burst pipes and resulting flood in early February 2022, the public research room at the Registry of Vital Records remains closed. The ability to provide non certified or transcribed copies of death records for genealogy purposes is currently not available.
FULL NAME OF DECEASED
DECEDENT'S DATE AND PLACE OF DEATH
Select "Not Known" if specific month is unknown.
Select "Not Known" if specific day is unknown.
If the specific year is unknown, enter the year you feel is most accurate.
In the "Notes Section" further down on this form, enter up to a five year span, i. e. 1961 - 1965, to have searched.
Records prior to 1926 are not available through this application. For that time period, see ordering Massachusetts Vital Records 1841 - 1925.
Next, select delivery by either FIRST CLASS MAIL or by EXPEDITED PRIORITY MAIL.
Then, choose number of records you want under that shipping method by using the drop down arrow.
Just for review, a certified
document is a duplicate of the original, printed on security watermarked paper, stamped with a raised, embossed Massachusetts State seal, contains the original date of recording, the State Registrar's signature and date of issue. Certified
death records are valid for pension/retirement benefits, providing proof of death for life insurance benefits, probate court estate filings, real estate sales and for most other legal purposes. Certified
documents can not
be sent by email.
DON'T NEED A CERTIFIED COPY? SELECT TRANSCRIBED FOR GENEALOGY BY CLICKING ON THE DROP DOWN ARROW AND SELECT "1 Transcribed Death Record".
A transcribed record is not an official or legal document. The intended use is for genealogical research studies, background investigations, medical studies or general information.
All transcribed records are sent as PDF email attachments. Expedited service is not available.
Still not sure if you need a certified or transcribed record? Here is an example of a Massachusetts transcribed death record.
Also, and in order to ensure email delivery of the transcribed record, be sure and allow your email program to receive mail from our domain "mass-doc.com"
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