Massachusetts Birth Records Search

Massachusetts’ Registry of Vital Records (RVRS) maintains and issues all birth records for the state. Massachusetts has been keeping MA birth records since 1926.

The state makes it easy for you to perform Massachusetts birth records search and get a copy of your certificate.

Before filling out your application, you will need the following information: name of the person on record, birthdate, place of birth, proof of your ID.

You must be legally related to the person on record to get a copy of their birth certificate and one of the following: you, if you are 18 or older, your child, your parents, your legal guardian, your legal representative.

You must also provide your identity using a copy of one of the following forms of photo ID: driver’s license, work photo ID, school photo ID, state ID Card, passport, military ID or a government-issued ID.

Massachusetts birth records search online and phone orders are processed through a 3rd party VitalChek system. You can reach them at (617) 740-2606.

If you order Massachusetts birth records lookup and nothing is found, you will be sent a “Negative Statement,” but the fee is still non-refundable.

Types of MA Birth Records

You can only get one type of Massachusetts Public birth record, and that is a certified copy of your birth certificate. This document is legal to use for any purposes where you need to prove your identity. Some examples might be getting a passport, driver’s license, applying to school or a government job.

State Population

The state is an old historical state with a rich history including the town of Plymouth, which is one of the first settlements. The current population for the area is 6.9 million people.

MA is the 3rd most densely populated state in the U.S. Ironically it is also the 7th smallest state in the country.

The State has a steady annual growth rate of 0.75%. It is densely populated with 839.4 people for every one of its 10,555 square miles.

Massachusetts is one of the original 13 States and a prominent player in Colonial history.

State Population
1 birth every 443 seconds

1 death every 665 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are more women than men in Massachusetts. The total population of Massachusetts is estimated at 6,823,721 people with 3,311,091 male and 3,512,630 female. There are 201,539 more more women than men in the state, which is 51.48% of the total population.

The Massachusetts Gender Ratio is 94 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.94. State’s gender ratio is lower than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.

Gender ratio in 2016


Total population in 2016


Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016

Massachusetts Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 9.74 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 71,317 total births making it lower than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 71,317, 1.81% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Massachusetts

Top 4 states with a lower birth rate than Massachusetts Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Massachusetts
Rhode Island - 9.04Arizona - 11.68
New Hampshire - 9.11Maine - 9.84
Vermont - 9.35Wisconsin - 11.35
Connecticut - 9.29Delaware - 11.55
Minnesota - 12.68

Top 5 Counties in Massachusetts with the lowest/highest Birth Rate

Top 5 counties in Massachusetts with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in Massachusetts with the highest birth rate
Hampshire County - 6.24Suffolk County - 11.97
Barnstable County - 7.47Middlesex County - 10.82
Berkshire County - 8.09Essex County - 10.76
Plymouth County - 10.00Worcester County - 10.59
Bristol County - 10.11Hampden County - 10.58

Fertility Rate in MA

In Massachusetts the fertility rate based on historical data went from 52.71 to 51.22 from 2010-2016, and currently is lower than the crude fertility rate of the US - 51.94 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 29.40 to 30.30.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

Fertility Rate By County

The top reproductive counties of Massachusetts are Essex County - 57.44, Plymouth County - 56.98 and Barnstable County - 56.09. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:

County Fertility rate
Worcester County55.24
Norfolk County54.61
Hampden County53.45
Bristol County52.95
Middlesex County52.1
Berkshire County47.81
Suffolk County44.91
Hampshire County24.88

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain a Massachusetts Birth Certificate

You can get a copy of your Massachusetts birth certificate in person, by mail, by phone and online.

The State charges different fees based on how you get your copy. If you get it in person, it will cost $20, by mail $32, online or by phone will cost $51 and for each additional copy, another $42.

To visit in person, you must go to the Registry Office located at 150 Mount Vernon St., 1st Floor, Dorchester, MA 02125, Monday-Friday between 8:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. You must pay with either cash or a check for same-day service.

If you order by mail, send all your paperwork to the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics 150 Mt. Vernon St., 1st Floor, Dorchester, MA 02125. Processing time will take 15-20 days. You can pay more for expedited service and get it within 7-10 days.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: In person: $20.00
Mail request: $32.00
State Archives: $3.00
Organization: Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
Address:150 Mount Vernon Street; 1st Floor, Dorchester, MA 02125-3105
Remarks: State office has no records previous to 1926. For earlier records, write to The Massachusetts Archives at Columbia Point, 220 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125 (617) 727-2816. Personal check or money order should be made payable to Commonwealth of Massachusetts. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (617) 740-2600. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Registry of Vital Records and Statistics website..