A certified copy of a birth, death or marriage certificate may be obtained, in person or by mail, at a cost of $10.00 per copy.
To apply by mail: Send a written request stating the name(s) (Maiden name if appropriate) and the date of birth, date of death or date of the marriage. Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope and the appropriate fee, $10.00 per copy by check or money order, payable to the Town of Swampscott. Do not send cash.
Town of Swampscott
22 Monument Ave.
Swampscott, MA 01907
If your request is urgent. You may either send us a prepaid and self-addressed return FEDEX or Express Mail envelope with your request and payment. We make every attempt to fill all requests the same day they are received.
To apply in person: You may either order the certificate(s) by phone ahead of time, or come in to the Town Clerk's office and fill out the necessary form. Your request will be processed while you wait, if at all possible, or you will be asked to retrieve the certificate the next business day. Payment is requested when the order is placed.
- Remember, a child’s birth record is recorded in the community where the parents were living at the time of the birth; the death record is filed in the decedents’ community of residence; the marriage record is filed in the community which issued the marriage license.
- Remember, also, that not all birth records are considered a public document. A birth record is not accessible to the general public if the parents weren't married 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.
- Remember, also, that not all marriage records are considered a public document. A record is not accessible to the general public if the parents of either the bride or groom weren't married at the time the child was born (and have not since married and amended the birth record).