City Of Lawrence


Birth Certificate Request

Birth Certificate Request

Please provide the following information with each request for a certified copy of a birth certificate:

  • A letter providing the name and date of birth of each person subject to the request:
  • A check or money order in the full amount charged for each certificate [current charges: $5.00 for each short form certificate and $7.00 for each long form certificate] – please do not send cash by mail;
  • A self addressed, pre-stamped envelope with the address of the location where the documents are to be sent [please be sure to provide sufficient postage for requests with multiple documents];
  • If you are requesting a birth record for someone other than yourself or your own child[ren], and the record is impounded or cannot be disclosed, you must obtain written authorization from the person granting you permission to obtain their birth record. The statement must be signed by that person and the signature must be notarized. COPIES OF SIGNATURES AND/OR NOTARIZATIONS WILL NOT BE HONORED. 

Please note that a “Short Form Birth Certificate” appears as a document that is approximately the size of an index card. A “Long Form Birth Certificate” is an 8½” X 11” size document –. IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU DETERMINE THE FORM NECESSARY FOR ITS INTENDED PURPOSE. THE CITY CLERK STAFF IS NOT RESPONSIBLE TO DETERMINE THE FORM REQUIRED. For your safety and for the protection of sensitive records, the Office of the City Clerk will not respond to requests for specific information regarding any record by telephone, e-mail, or fax. Any special mail arrangements [ie: overnight mailing, two day mail, return receipt mail] must be pre-paid in advance or will otherwise be sent by regular mail.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation concerning handling sensitive information.

If you have any question please call City Clerk Office at: 978-620-3230

Please make check to: City Of Lawrence

Mailing Address:

200 Common Street
1st. Floor Room 107
Lawrence, Massachusetts 01840