Birth certificates remain on file in the city or town where the person was born and in the city or town the person's parents lived in at the time of the birth, certified copies of the original are available through the City Clerk's Office.
You can obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate from the City of Newton if:
If you are looking for an older record or doing genealogical research please click here to visit the City Clerk's City Archive page.
Public Records: Parent(s) of the child were married at the time of birth
Private Records: Parent(s) of a child were not married at the time of the birth.
All certified copies issued by the City Clerk's Office are considered "long forms" and have a City Seal.
A certified copy costs $10.00/each. The City Clerk's Office accepts cash, check (payable to the City of Newton), and debit card.
Order On-line (Allow 10 to 14 Days):
You can order and pay for a copy of a birth certificate to be mailed to you. Payment processing service charges apply.
Click Here to Order On-line
By Mail (Allow 10 to 14 Days, from the day we receive the request):
A written request must contain the following:
1. Name of Individual
2. Date of Birth
3. Parents' Names
4. Number of Copies Ordered
5. Address to which it should be sent
6. Check in exact amount made payable to the City of Newton
***If requesting a "private record" a written notarized letter from one of the individuals named on the certificate must be included ***
In Person (Same Day):
City Clerk's Office -- First Floor, City Hall, during regular business hours.
Please Note: The City Clerk's office cannot accept requests for birth certificates via FAX -- and does not accept orders via the telephone. A birth certificate, to be considered valid for purposes of obtaining a passport, employment, school registration, etc., cannot be a copy or on facsimile paper, Massachusetts law requires that it be certified with the City Seal
In some cases birth certificates can be amended but the process requires specific forms of evidence. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED parties seeking to amend a birth certificate first call the City Clerk's Office.
Amendment fee of $25.00 may apply
Additional certified copies of amended records are $10.00/each
Please Note: Amendments to birth records can ONLY be made in the Town/City where the birth took place or with the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics (fees may differ).
For more information please contact the City Clerk's Office at (617)796-1200 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org