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How to Obtain a Copy of a Birth, Death or Marriage Certificate
Certified copies of birth, death and marriage records are available from the Office of the Town Clerk in Townsend Town Hall and the state Registry of Vital Records and Statistics. The fee for vital records available at Townsend Town Hall varies.

Birth Certificates
The Townsend Town Clerk will have birth records of anyone born to parents who were living in Townsend at the time of the birth, regardless of where the birth took place.

A short form birth certificate is available for $5.00.  The short form contains only the name and date of birth of the individual. The short form usually is accepted for common purposes such as proof of age, school registration, proof of citizenship, employment requirements and social security eligibility.

A long form birth certificate is available for $7.00.  The long form is required for passports, immigration and other legal purposes.

Marriage Certificates
The Town Clerk will have marriage records of any couple who filed their intentions in Townsend.

A copy of a marriage certificate is available for $ 7.00 and can be used for most purposes.

Death Certificates
The Clerk will have death records of any death that occurred in Townsend or their residential address is in Townsend.

The fee for a copy of a death certificate is $7.00.
 
Copies of vital records may be obtained in person or by mail. Cash and checks are accepted for payment. For further information, call 978-597-1704
 
The State Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
If you are not sure where the record you seek is filed locally, you may contact the state Registry of Vital Records and Statistics. The Registry maintains a central index and has copies of records for all births, deaths and marriages which occurred in the state.

Certified copies may be obtained through the Registry in person, by mail or by phone. Regardless of how you request copies, you should be prepared to provide the name of the subject(s) of the record, the date of the event and, if known, the city or town where the event occurred.

Information about the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics:

The mailing address for the Registry is located at:

Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
1st Floor 150 Mt. Vernon Street
Dorchester, MA 02125-3105

For phone orders, call (617) 753-8600.

 
For additional information, please visit the Townsend Town Clerk at 978-597-1704

 
Town of Townsend, 272 Main Street, Townsend, MA 01469 (978) 597-1700
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