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Massachusetts Death Certificate Application

For Death Records Occurring 1926 to the Present


Certified death records are official, legal documents and obtained through the Massachusetts State Registry of Vital Statistics in Boston. Each record is a duplicate of the original and embossed with an official raised Massachusetts state seal.

Certified death records are valid for most legal and or official purposes including but not limited to, providing proof of death for life insurance claims, probate court heir filings and social security death and or pension/retirement benefits.

The charge for locating, obtaining and shipping a Massachusetts certified death certificate is $45 [US]. Quantity discounts apply for duplicates of the same record ordered at the same time.


If you do not need a death certificate for official or legal reasons and are doing family genealogy, you can request a transcribed record. The charge for locating, transcribing and emailing a death record is $20 [US].

A transcribed record is not an official or legal document. However, it is an excellent alternative for such purposes as genealogy research or for background investigations. All information recorded on the original record is hand copied by one of our researchers. Information is then transcribed into a "plain text" PDF file format. It is only delivered as an email attachment. 

If you need the record(s) for any legal or official purpose, such as applying for life insurance, or social security benefits or probate matters, order a certified record.

SUBJECT OF SEARCH

Middle Name or Initial
Last Name

SUBJECT'S FATHER

SUBJECT'S MOTHER

Last Name [At Birth]

SUBJECT'S DATE AND PLACE OF DEATH

If specific month is unknown, select "Not Known".
If specific day is unknown, select "Not Known".
If the specific year is unknown, enter the year you feel is most accurate. In the "Notes Section" further down on the form, enter up to a ten year span, i. e. 1961 - 1970, or less, i. e. 1961 - 1963 to have searched if you are uncertain of the exact year. Death Records prior to 1926 not available through this application.

SELECT DELIVERY BY FIRST CLASS MAIL (LEFT COLUMN) OR EXPEDITED PRIORITY MAIL (RIGHT COLUMN) AND NUMBER OF RECORDS DESIRED BY USING DROP DOWN ARROW.

 
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 records are valid for obtaining passports, applying for United States citizenship, social security or pension/retirement pensions benefits, driver's license, providing proof of death for life insurance, 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? DOING FAMILY HISTORY? SELECT TRANSCRIBED FOR GENEALOGY BY CLICKING ON DROP DOWN ARROW, SELECT "1 Transcribed Death Record".

A transcribed record is not an official or legal document. Its 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 not available. Please allow your email programs to receive mail from the domain mass-doc.com

Click here to preview an example of a transcribed death record.

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