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How To Obtain A Vital Record
VITAL RECORDS
BIRTH CERTIFICATES
WHERE DO I GET A COPY OF MY BIRTH CERTIFICATE?
If you were born in Winthrop or your parents were residents of Winthrop at the time of your birth, you may obtain your birth certificate by requesting via mail to the below address:
Town Clerk's Office
Winthrop Town Hall
One Metcalf Square Room 2
Winthrop, MA 02152

HOW MUCH DOES A LONG FORM BIRTH CERTIFICATE COST? THIS IS THE ONLY KIND OF BIRTH CERTIFICATE WE SELL. IT IS WHAT IS REQUIRED FOR A PASSPORT.
In Winthrop the cost is $15.00.
HOW DO I GET A COPY OF A BIRTH CERTIFICATE?
Mailing a request to the Clerk's office.
If you request a certificate by mail you must make sure of five things:
·       Your check or money order should be made payable to: Town of Winthrop.
·       Enclose the payment along with your written request.
·       State the full birth name (not your current name) and date of birth of the person
·       Send a self-addressed stamped envelope.
IS AN I.D. NECESSARY?
Usually identification is not necessary, however, in certain circumstances it is required, for example, if your parents were not married at the time of your birth.
ARE BIRTH CERTIFICATES PUBLIC RECORDS?
Unless your parents were not married at the time of your birth, birth certificates are available to any member of the public.
MARRIAGE LICENSES
HOW DO YOU APPLY FOR A MARRIAGE LICENSE?
You must come in together with your intended spouse to the Town Clerk's Office. This process cannot be done through the mail. Please call to make an appointment to apply for the license. It will take up to 30 minutes. We are open until 7pm on Tuesday and Thursday nights, if you are planning on coming after 4:30pm, please call ahead to make an appointment.
DO YOU NEED TO BE A WINTHROP RESIDENT TO APPLY FOR A MARRIAGE LICENSE IN WINTHROP?
No.
WHAT DO WE NEED TO BRING WITH US?
You must bring an acceptable form of identification – Driver’s License – State Identification – S.S. Card, cash or check for $35. The ability to tell us the correct spelling of parents names, dates of birth, country of birth, etc.
WHAT IF ONE OR BOTH OF US IS UNDER 18?
You must go to court and obtain a court order (permission) to marry.
HOW LONG AFTER THE APPLICATION WILL THE LICENSE BE ISSUED?
The license will be issued three days later. The license can be picked up by either applicant at the Clerk's Office, Monday thru Thursday. The office is not open on Friday. Please review the license carefully for errors. There will be a $25 fee to retype a marriage license after it has been released from this office.
HOW LONG AFTER ISSUANCE IS THE LICENSE VALID?
The license is valid sixty days from the day the couple came into the office to apply and may be used in any Massachusetts city or town. However, it is not valid outside of the state.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The cost in Winthrop is $35.00 to file Marriage Intentions and receive license to marry.
HOW CAN I GET A COPY OF MY MARRIAGE LICENSE?
Assuming the license was issued by the Winthrop Town Clerk's Office, you can physically enter the office or request a copy by mail. Please send a self-addressed stamped envelope along with this form Marriage Cert Request.doc
The cost for a copy is $10.00.
DEATH CERTIFICATES
IS IT ON FILE IN WINTHROP?
The death certificate is on file in Winthrop if the death occurred in Winthrop or the deceased resided in Winthrop and the death occurred within the state.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The cost in Winthrop is $10.00.
HOW CAN I GET A COPY OF A DEATH CERTIFICATE?
Assuming the license was recorded by the Winthrop Town Clerk's Office, you can physically enter the office or request a copy by mail. Please send a self-addressed stamped envelope along with this form.  Death Cert Request.doc  The cost for a copy is $10.00.



 
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