Vital Records

Births, Marriages, Death

As the Town Registrar of Vital Records and Statistics, the Town Clerk's Office:

  • maintains records of all births, deaths and marriages that occur in Lexington
  • issues certified copies of birth, death, and marriage records
  • administers adoption and record-change depositions

Fee for obtaining a certified copy of a vital record is $15.00.  Acceptable forms of payment are cash or personal checks.

Ordering a certified copy of a vital record

You must have the following information in order to get a vital record:

  • Date of Occurrence
  • Name(s) on Record
  • Number of Copies

Online ordering and payment:

Ordering and payment by mail:
Send request with above information, a check or money order and a self addressed stamped envelope to:

Town of Lexington
Town Clerk's Office
1625 Massachusetts Ave
Lexington, MA 02420

Ordering by email:
Send email request with above information, and date when the record will be picked up and paid for, to

Certificate of Birth

Records of birth on file with the Town Clerk are of those children whose parents were residing in Lexington at the time of the child's birth, and those children who were physically born in Lexington.

Certificate of Marriage & Obtaining a Marriage License

All persons wishing to marry in Massachusetts must obtain a marriage license issued from a Massachusetts City or Town Clerk. The two parties to the marriage must jointly apply for the license (file intentions) in person at the Clerk's Office.  Marriage licenses are permanently maintained on file at the Clerk's Office where the marriage intention is filed.

There is a 3-day waiting period between when the Intentions are filed and when the marriage license may be issued. A marriage license, once obtained, is valid for 60 days from the date intentions are filed and may be used anywhere in Massachusetts.  The marriage license is not valid outside of the Commonwealth.

Marriage Intentions may be filed at the Lexington Town Clerk's Office, Monday, Wednedsay & Thursday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Tuesday 8:30 AM - 7:00PM, Friday 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM.  Filing fee: $40.00. 

A Massachusetts resident may marry if 18 years of age or older.  A birth certificate may be required to show proof or age.  If either party is under 18, a court order from a probate or district court where the minor resides must be obtained before the marriage intentions can be filed.

Previously Married

Massachusetts divorce decrees do not become absolute until 90 days after the divorce nisi has been granted, regardless of the grounds for divorce.  Neither party is required to present a divorce certificate when filing intentions to marry.  However, it is extremely important that divorced individuals be certain the divorce is absolute before filing intentions to marry.

Ceremony, Solemnizer/Clergy

Massachusetts statute does not require that witnesses be present at civil ceremonies.

If an out-of-state member of the clergy is to perform the marriage, the clergy member must obtain a Certificate of Authorization from the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth prior to the ceremony. This certificate, must be attached to the original license and returned to the Town Clerk.

For further information, contact:

Division of Public Records
Secretary of the Commonwealth
One Ashburton Place, Room 1719
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 727-2836

If a person other than a member of the clergy is designated as "Solemnizer" or Justice of the Peace for the Ceremony, further information can be obtained from:

Secretary of the Commonwealth
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 727-5787                    

Frequently Asked Questions About Marriage Licenses

Is there a waiting period from the date of application to the date the license is issued?

     Yes, there is a mandatory three-day waiting period.
May we marry before the three days for good reason?

     Yes, if you can obtain a court waiver after filing intentions. You should file your 
     intentions first with any city or town clerk. Then, we suggest calling:
     Concord District Court, Clerk's Office (978) 369-0500
What is the cost of a marriage license?

     Individual communities set the fee for a marriage license. The fee in Lexington 
     is $40 which includes the issuance of one certified copy of the Certificate of
     Marriage once the marriage has occurred and the Certificate has been recorded 
     with the Office of the Town Clerk.

 Is a medical certificate required before a license can be issued?

     A medical certificate is not required to be married in Massachusetts.
 What are the responsibilities of the member of the clergy or justice of the peace?

     The member of the clergy or justice of the peace authorized to solemnize 
     marriages in Massachusetts must  complete and sign the original license and 
     return it to the clerk of the city or town where the license was issued. A marriage 
     is not deemed valid until the license has been returned and recorded with the
     Town Clerk where the intention was filed and that office has filed the marriage
     with the Massachusetts Department of Vital Records and Statistics.

Certificate of Death

The Town Clerk is the custodian of death records of those persons who physically die in Lexington and those who were legal residents of the town at the time of their death.  Copies of the Certificate of Death are also maintained by the community in which the death occurred and by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health - Registry of Vital Records.

Burial Permit

We handle the issuance and administration of Burial Permits.  Application for a Disposition, Removal and Transportation Permit can be made, and endorsed records of cemeteries and crematories returned to:
      Town Clerk's Office
      Town Office Building
      1625 Massachusetts Ave.
      Lexington, MA 02420

There is no fee for a Disposition, Removal and Transportation Permit. 

For additional assistance, please contact the Town Clerk’s office at 781-698-4550 or:

Department of Public Health
Registry of Vital Records & Statistics 
150 Mt. Vernon Street
Dorchester, MA   02125-3100