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

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

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