Vital Records

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Obtaining Vital Records

Since 2008, only long form vital records are available from the City Clerk’s office. The cost is $15 for the first certified copy and $7.50 for each additional copy of the same record requested at the same time.

The Clerk’s office has the following vital records: Birth Records if the parents lived in Gloucester at the time of the child’s birth; the child was born in Gloucester; or both.

Marriage Records if the intentions were filed in Gloucester.

Death Records if the deceased died in Gloucester; was a resident of Gloucester at the time of death; or both.

Some birth and marriage records are restricted records under Massachusetts Law. In order to be allowed access to such documents, valid ID must be shown by the person requesting the document (a photo copy of ID if mailing a request). Only those listed on the document will have access to the record.

Obtaining Vital Records Via Mail:

To request a certified copy of a vital record from the City of Gloucester, please download the Vital Record Request Form. Mail the completed form with a check or money order for the correct amount, and a No. 10 Self-addressed stamped envelope to the City Clerk’s office, 9 Dale Avenue, with a special attention to "Vitals".

Massachusetts Departments of Vital Records & Statistics

The Massachusetts Department of Vital Records & Statistics is the home of all birth, death and marriage records in the Commonwealth from 1926 to the present. Visit the Registry of Vital Records & Statistics for additional information on vital records.