Massachusetts Birth Records Search
Massachusetts’ Registry of Vital Records (RVRS) maintains and issues all birth records for the state. Massachusetts has been keeping birth records since 1926.
Massachusetts makes it easy for you to perform a Massachusetts birth record 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.
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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.
Phone and online orders are processed through a 3rd party VitalChek system. You can reach them at (617) 740-2606.
If you order a Massachusetts birth records search and nothing is found, you will be sent a “Negative Statement,” but the fee is still non-refundable.
Types of Massachusetts Birth Records
Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts is 6.9 million people.
Massachusetts is the 3rd most densely populated state in the U.S. Ironically it is also the 7th smallest state in the country.
Massachusetts is one of the original 13 States and a prominent player in Colonial history.
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 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|
|Barnstable County - 7.47||Suffolk County - 11.97|
|Berkshire County - 8.09||Middlesex County - 10.82|
|Plymouth County - 10.00||Essex County - 10.76|
|Bristol County - 10.11||Worcester County - 10.59|
|Norfolk County - 10.53||Hampden County - 10.58|
Massachusetts Fertility Rate
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 - 57.44, Plymouth - 56.98 and Barnstable - 56.09. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:
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.
Massachusetts 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
Mail request: $32.00
State Archives: $3.00