Informational Alert | Coronavirus Updates
NOTICE: In-person appointments at City buildings have been suspended from Saturday, January 2, 2021 until at least Monday, February 1. Call 617‑349‑4260 for assistance.

City Clerk's Office

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The City Clerk is the official record keeper for the City of Cambridge. Records kept by the Office of the City Clerk include vital statistics (including birth, marriage, domestic partnerships and death) and business and professional certificates.


  • Vital records (birth, death and marriage certificate) 

    If you would like to request a certified copy of a birth, marriage or death record, you can order online at Due to     COVID-19, we encourage contactless requests

  • Marriages

    In order to apply to be married please call 617-349-4260.
    In order to schedule a wedding ceremony before a Justice of the Peace at city hall please call 617-349-4260.

  • In-person services

    To schedule an appointment to come to the City Clerk’s office for any other services please click the link below. Please be aware that City Clerk’s Office is only accepting appointments Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 



Live captioning of Cambridge City Council meetings will be available through CART (communication access realtime translation) in order to provide communication access for viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing. To access the CART livestream, click here. Note: text will not appear in the CART window until the City Council meeting begins. For questions or concerns related to CART, contact Kate Thurman at

Notice to Businesses applying for a Business Certificate the week of January 11, 2021

While City Hall is closed to the public, City Offices are not closed. Businesses who need to acquire a Business Certificate with the City Clerk’s office as part of their Sector Specific State Grant Application (due on Friday, January 15) can contact the Clerk’s Office for coordination.


  • Businesses that are looking for a copy of their existing Business Certificate can call the Clerk’s Office (617-349-4260) this Mon-Thu 8:30am-5:00pm and Friday 8:30am-12:00pm and a copy can be emailed.
  •  Businesses that need a new business certificate or a renewal should fill out the online form and email the form to the City Clerk at The business would then need to follow up with the Clerks Office by phone (617-349-4260) to schedule notary and Certificate pick up.
    *Note: One type of picture identification is needed at time of pick up and notary.

For additional questions related to your Business Certificate, please visit or contact the Clerk’s at 617-349-4260 or

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