Death Certificates Information

A death certificate will be on file with the Cambridge City Clerk if any of the following apply:

    1. The death occurred in Cambridge.

    2. The deceased lived in Cambridge and the death occurred in state.

    3. The deceased is a veteran buried in Cambridge.

You may request a certified copy of a death certificate in person, online or by mail (see below for more information). In Cambridge, the cost is $10.00 per certified copy


How do I order a certified copy of a death certificate?

In Person

City Clerk’s Office
Cambridge City Hall
795 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 103
Cambridge, MA 02139

Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm


If you are not certain that the death certificate is located at the Cambridge City Clerk's office, please call 617-349-4260 prior to placing your order.

Click here to order a certified copy online.

Genealogy research may not be requested online or by e-mail. Please contact 617-349-4260 to inquire about our search fees.

Please note that a processing fee of 2.95% ($1.95 minimum) will be applied to your order.

By Mail

Click here to download the Death Certificate Mail in Request Form

State Registry of Vital Records

150 Mt. Vernon Street 
1st Floor 
Dorchester, MA 02125-3105 
(617) 740-2600 or (617) 740-2606

Click here to visit the State Registry of Vital Records website. 

Please note that the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records follows a different fee schedule than the City of Cambridge.  



How do you get a burial permit?

Please contact the Cambridge Public Health Department at 617-665-3821.

Cambridge Public Health Department
119 Windsor Street, Ground Level
Cambridge, MA 02139