A Certified Death Certificate is necessary before anything can be done. A death certificate can be obtained through a Funeral Director. It is a good idea to obtain multiple copies of a death certificate as most agencies require a certified certificate and not a photocopy.
Below you will find the Process for obtaining a Death Certificate from the City of Boston:
Please note that a death certificate is filed and certified within the town or city in which your loved one had passed away (ex: One could have lived in Milton, MA but passed away in Brockton, MA. The death certificate for this deceased would be retrieved from City of Brockton, MA).
Step 1: Prepare Your Request
Complete and print out a death certificate request form.
Certificates cost $14 per copy. If you are requesting a copy dated before 1870, include an additional $10 research fee. Pay by check or money order payable to the City of Boston.
Please also include a self-addressed stamped envelope so we can mail the copy back to you.
Step 2: Mail Your Request
Mail your completed form, payment, and self-addressed stamped envelope to the Registry Division listed below.
You will receive the death certificate in about two weeks. If you are looking for a certificate dated before 1870, please allow additional time.Registry Death
1 City Hall Square, Room 213
Boston, MA 02201-2006(617) 635-4175