Community Note: Purchase Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, and Death Certificates Online with Credit Cards through City Clerk’s Office

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Starting this week, birth certificates, marriage certificates and death certificates may be purchased online with a major credit or an electronic funds transfer, as the Somerville City Clerk’s Office continues to streamline and enhance services.


To order online, visit the City’s website at somervillema.gov, click the “Pay Online” at the bottom of the page, and follow the prompts. Constituents may order up to three birth certificates or marriage certificates per transaction, and up to 10 death certificates per transaction. There is a $1 charge per order for processing and mailing, and additional fees for credit card transactions apply (electronic funds transfers are free). Certified copies of all documents will be sent by First Class US Mail to the address specified in the order. (Certified copies require a raised City Seal to be valid, so it is not possible to deliver them electronically.) A refund will be issued if the record is not available.

This new service offered by the City Clerk’s Office will expedite the delivery of vital records, while saving constituents from making the trip to City Hall or physically mailing in the payment with their order. The City Clerk’s Office will continue to provide walk-up service during City Hall hours, and will also fill orders that are mailed in to the office with a check or money order.

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