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Birth Certificates Secure Your Massachusetts Birth Certificate Instantly

How to Get a Massachusetts Birth Certificate with Ease

Wondering where to get a birth certificate in Massachusetts? Or perhaps you need a replacement copy. A birth certificate is a vital document that proves identity, citizenship status, and age. In addition, to obtain a social security number or US passport, you must produce your birth certificate.

Whether you're applying for yourself or a loved one, getting a birth certificate can sometimes be a challenge if you don't know where to start. DoNotPay helps you get your birth certificate faster by streamlining the application procedures.

What's the Difference Between an Authorized and Informational Birth Certificate

An authorized birth certificate contains personal information and can be used as proof of identity. It must have a stamp and seal from the issuing office and is used for legal document applications such as

  • Driver's license application
  • Passport application
  • Marriage certificate application
  • Adoption

An informational birth certificate copy is only for informational purposes. It has no stamp or seal from the issuing office and as such, is not considered a valid record of identity. In addition, this copy includes a disclaimer stating, "INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY".

Who Can Get a Birth Certificate Copy in Massachusetts

In the state of Massachusetts, you can only apply for an authorized birth certificate. To get an authorized Massachusetts birth certificate, you must be the person named in the certificate, an immediate family member or a legal representative of the birth certificate owner.

  1. The person named in the birth certificate. If you need a replacement copy of your birth certificate, you can apply for a new copy by providing the following information: child's name, date of birth, and parent's names. The person named on the birth certificate must be of legal age to apply for a copy of their Massachusetts birth certificate.
  2. A parent or legal guardian. A parent or legal guardian can request a Massachusetts birth certificate copy by providing information on the child and a valid identification document proving your relationship with the child. To get a newborn's birth certificate, the child has to be born in Massachusetts or the parent's residence at the time of birth must be Massachusetts.
  3. The birth certificate owner's legal attorney/conservator.

A legal representative of the person named in the birth certificate can request a certified copy. The representative will have to produce a valid US identification document and an affidavit signed by the client proving authorization.

How Much Does It Cost to Get a Birth Certificate Copy in Massachusetts?

An online birth certificate copy costs $51 for the first copy and $42 for subsequent copies. You need a debit or credit card to process the online application. The payment will only be deducted after the order is confirmed and processed.

For applications sent via mail, you'll pay $32, and $20 for in-person applications. Copies dated before 1870 incur an additional $10 fee for research.

How Long Does it Take to Get a Copy of a Birth Certificate in Massachusetts?

Online Massachusetts birth certificate copy applications take 7-10 business days to process. You can opt to pay for expedited service to receive your birth certificate copy sooner.

Mail applications take up to 30 business days from the receipt date. In-person applications also take 30 business days to be processed, after which you'll receive your copy in the mail.

What Documents Do I Need to Get a Copy of a Birth Certificate in Massachusetts?

To get a copy of a birth certificate, you need to provide identification documents such as a valid US ID, US passport, or driver's license.

For persons other than the one named on the birth certificate, the following must also be provided along with the aforementioned identification documents:

  • Legal representation documents
  • Guardianship documents
  • Conservatorship documents

How to Apply for a Massachusetts Birth Certificate by Yourself

There are four ways to get a birth certificate in Massachusetts:

Online ApplicationTo apply, go to the registry's website and fill in the subject's name and date of birth. Next, upload proof of identity and any other supporting documents. Make the payment via debit or credit card and wait for confirmation, which takes 2-3 business days.
Mail ApplicationFill in a vital records mail order form and attach proof of identity, other supporting documents, and a check or mail order paid to the state of Massachusetts. Send the documents to the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, 150 Mt. Vernon St.1st Floor, Dorchester, MA 02125. Orders take up to 30 business days to be processed.
Phone ApplicationApply for your Massachusetts birth certificate by calling (617) 740-2606 or (866) 300-8535 for out-of-state calls. Getting hold of a representative is challenging, but once you do, provide the necessary information, make the payment, and wait for processing.
In-Person ApplicationTo get a birth certificate copy in Massachusetts, visit the Registry offices between 8:45 AM to 4:45 PM Monday through Friday. Registry offices do not take cash. You'll be required to make the payment via check or money order. Once processing is complete, the copy will be sent to you via mail.

Get Your Massachusetts Birth Certificate Instantly with DoNotPay

Avoid the hassle of lengthy wait times by applying for your birth certificate with DoNotPay.

When you sign up with DoNotPay, you can apply for any government document in minutes and have it delivered to your doorstep in the shortest time possible by following these 8 simple steps:

  1. Go to the Birth Certificates product on DoNotPay.
  2. Select who the certificate is for (you or a loved one). If you are requesting a copy of someone else's certificate, enter their personal details, and upload evidence that proves your relationship.
  3. Enter the location you or your loved one was born in, so we can complete the form specific to your state.
  4. Enter the name(s) of the parent(s) as displayed on the certificate.
  5. Indicate what you will be using this certificate for, and choose whether you need an authorized or certified copy.
  6. Enter your contact information and shipping address. Upload copies of your government-issued identification, such as a driver's license.
  7. Choose whether you would like to electronically sign this form or not. Once we generate the form, verify that all of the information is correct.
  8. If you need the document to be notarized, schedule a notarization appointment using our Notary product. Otherwise, proceed to our Mail Checks product and let DoNotPay mail in your request form with a check on your behalf.

Why You Should Use DoNotPay to Get a Massachusetts Birth Certificate

DoNotPay has a streamlined approach to applying for all legal documents or scheduling appointments with government offices. You no longer have to wait on the phone to talk to a representative or wait for days to get an appointment. Let DoNotPay handle all that for you within minutes from your web browser. Our process is fast, easy, and efficient.

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