Vital Records

Certified copies of the following vital records are available from the Town Clerk's Office for a fee of $20:

  • Birth - Persons whose parents lived in Winchester at the time of their birth OR persons whose birth occurred in Winchester
  • Marriage - Persons who filed their Intentions of Marriage (obtained their marriage license) in Winchester
  • Death - Persons who died in Winchester OR who died in Massachusetts and listed Winchester as their place of residence at the time of passing.

Vital Record Requests Online

Access the online resource to order certified copies of records online.

Vital Record pick-up

If you wish to order a certified copy of a vital record to be picked up at the Town Clerk's Office, call the office and include the following information:

  • Date of occurrence
  • Name(s) on the record
  • Number of copies at $20 each
  • Date to be picked up

Vital Record Requests By Mail

Requests for copies may be made through the mail by using the application below:

Application for Vital Record (pdf)
Please see information below for required documentation

Requests may also be submitted by writing a letter with the following information:

  • Date of occurrence
  • Name(s) on the record
  • Number of copies at $20 each
  • Current contact information (current name, phone, & address)
  • Check payable to Town of Winchester
  • A stamped, self-addressed envelope*

*You may use an express or overnight service to send your request. Include a prepaid envelope of the same type for express or overnight return.

Records Requiring Identification

A birth record is not accessible to the general public if the parents were unmarried at the time the child was born (and have not since married and amended the birth record), or if the father's name does not appear on the record. When this is true, only the mother, father (if listed), or child may request a certificate. Identification will be required. Identification is not required for other records.

Certifications & Apostille

A certification or legalization is generally necessary for documents which leave the United States.

The Massachusetts State Registry of Vital Records and Statistics can also provide certificates for Winchester or any other Massachusetts community. Follow the link to their website for more information.