Vital Records have been registered in Massachusetts since 1635. Statewide collection began in 1841. Everett has records for events that occurred from 1870 to the present day.
Please note the following facts about the records maintained by the City Clerk’s Office.Certain records are restricted from public access. Identification may be required for processing some orders. The City Clerk’s Office maintains no indexes or records on the Internet. Records are only available on site at the Clerk’s Office.
Note that only certified copies of records are issued by the Clerk’s Office regardless of intended use.
Access to restricted birth and marriage records is limited by §2A, Chapter 46, Massachusetts General Laws (M.G.L.) For those persons with access to restricted records, proof of identity (a photo ID) is necessary, and in some cases additional documentation is also necessary. Access to persons other than listed below require a court order.
For mail orders, include your ID and documentation (if necessary) with your order form.
Access to non-marital (out-of-wedlock) births is limited by §2A, Chapter 46, M.G.L. to the following:
- Subject of the record (child)
- Parents listed on the record
- Father not listed on the record with documentary proof that he is the father (such as a paternity adjudication, stipulation or properly completed Voluntary Acknowledgment of Parentage)
- Legal guardian of the child
- Legal representative of the child
Marriages of Person Born Out-of-Wedlock
Access to marriage certificates when the bride or groom was born out-of-wedlock is limited by §2A, Chapter 46, M.G.L. to the following:
- Bride or groom
- Legal representative of the bride or groom
- Parent or guardian of the bride or groom
All persons who wish to be married in Massachusetts must have a marriage license issued within the State of Massachusetts. Out-of -State marriage licenses cannot be used in Massachusetts.