Birth Certificate Information

The Cambridge City Clerk’s Office issues certified copies of birth certificates for births occurring in Cambridge and for Cambridge residents at the time of birth.

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

Please note that a certified copy of a birth certificate is valid for all legal purposes.

 

Is I.D. necessary?

Usually identification is not necessary; however, in certain circumstances it is required, for example, if your parents were not married at the time of your birth. The birth record is only available to the subject of the record and the parent(s) listed on the record.

If you are ordering a restricted record by mail or online you must provide a photocopy of a picture I.D.

 

Are birth certificates public records?

Unless your parents were not married at the time of your birth, birth certificates are available to any member of the public.

 

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

You may request a certified copy of a birth record in the following ways:


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 


Online

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

Click here to order a certified copy online.  


By Mail

 Click here to download the Birth 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.  

 

Department Information

Hours of Service

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

Donna P. Lopez, City Clerk
dlopez@cambridgema.gov