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Birth Certificate

Order a Certified Copy of a Birth Certificate

City Clerk's Office

How to Start

You may request a copy of your birth certificate in person, online, or by mail:

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 birth certificate is located at the Cambridge City Clerk's office, please call 617-349-4260 prior to placing your order.

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 the fee to use a credit/debit card is 2.95% of the transaction ($1.95 minimum fee per transaction) and the fee to use an E-Check is $0.40. 
NOTE: When using E-Check, the request will take 10 business days to process.

By Mail

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

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.  


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.

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


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 non-public record by mail or online, you must provide a photocopy or scan/photo of a picture I.D.

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