Massachusetts Marriage & Divorce Vital Records

Massachusetts marriage divorce recordsCapitol: Boston
Most Populous City: Boston
Total Area: 10,554 sq mi 
Total Population (2010): 6547629
Source: Wikipedia

Massachusetts marriage records from 1916 on and divorce records from 1952 on are available from the Registry of Vital Records Office, for a fee. The actual Massachusetts divorce records from 1922 to the present are available from the Registrar of the Probate Court where the divorce was obtained ( for a fee. For both types of Massachusetts vital records, only certified copies are offered, and fees include a ten-year search in the event an exact date or place of marriage or divorce is unknown. Fees may be paid by personal check or money order made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For records for marriages earlier than 1841, contact the Town or City Hall ( where the marriage occurred. For marriage or divorce records from 1841 through 1915, apply in person or write to The Massachusetts Archives at Columbia Point, 220 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125.

For more information on Massachusetts vital records, visit Massachusetts Birth & Death Vital Records

Massachusetts Vital Records Offices

Record Type: Marriage Certificates
Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
150 Mt Vernon St, 1st FL
Dorchester, MA 02125-3105
Phone: 617-740-2600
Fax: 617-825-7755

Business Hours: 8:45AM-4:45PM
Note: Direct questions to [email protected]
Record Access Requirements: A court order is required for originals of amended records.
Search Note: Phone or fax searchers must submit exact place and date of event. Also helpful are parents' names.

Records Available: Divorce Records
Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
150 Mt Vernon St, 1st FL
Dorchester, MA 02125-3105
Phone: 617-740-2600
Note: Divorce records are found at county of issue. However, this agency maintains an index from 1952 to present. The state will do a search for free by mail only to determine the county.
Record Access Requirements: Direct questions to [email protected]

Records Available: Statewide Court Records
Chief Justice for Administration & Management
Two Center Plaza, Room 540
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-742-8575
Fax: 617-742-0968
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Business Hours: 8:30AM-5PM
Record Access Requirements: Opinions to the Mass Supreme and Appellate courts can be found at

Records Available: Criminal Records
Criminal History Systems Board
200 Arlington Street, #2200
Chelsea, MA 02150
Phone: 617-660-4640
Fax: 617-660-4613

Business Hours: 9AM-5PM
Note: These CORI searches are offered: 1) Personal, 2) Certified Agency, 3) Publicly Accessible (PUBAC). Certified Agency requests are pre-approved via statute or the Board. PUBAC is open to the public; data is limited.
Record Access Requirements: PUBAC requesters are limited to adult records; the crime must include a sentence of 5 years or more OR sentenced and convicted for any term if, at the time of request, the subject is on probation or has been released within 2 years of felony conviction.
Search Note: The Personal request (on one's self) requires a notarized signature. A "certified agency" search is for employers, screening companies, care providers, and others approved by CHSB. Any employer may be approved. CRAs must fill out a Non-Disclosure form.

Records Available: Incarceration Records
Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety
Department Of Corrections
50 Maple Street, Suite 3
Chelsea, MA 02150
Phone: 508-422-3300
Fax: 508-850-5217

Business Hours: 8AM-5PM
Search Note: DOC Central Headquarters is 50 Maple Street, Suite 3, Milford, MA 01757, 508-422-3300 .

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