Do it yourself

Apostilles are issued in Massachusetts by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts office with the Secretary of State, William Francis Galvin in Boston.

Documents submitted for apostille must comply with the following guidelines:

  • All documents presented for apostille must be issued in Massachusetts.
  • Documents issued by a Justice of Peace, City/Town Clerk or court Clerk can be submitted for apostille.
  • In the case of notarized documents, they need to include notary signature, date, and acknowledgement and jurat statement and must be certified by the county clerk where the notary is registered.
  • Certificates of birth, death and marriage need to be issued and signed by the Current State registrar of vital statistics Stanley E. Nyberg. Certificates of marriage with the signature of a Town Clerk can be submitted for apostille.
  • In case of vital records keep in mind that photocopies of vital records can’t be notarized.

For a new copy of Mass certificate please contact the Health and Human Services.

Health and Human Services

150 Mount Vernon St. Dorchester, MA 02125
Phone: (617) 740-2600


Apostille Massachusetts contacts:

Visit in person (maximum 3 documents) or mail documents to:
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Public Records Division Commissions Section
One Ashburton Place, Room 1719
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (617)727-2832

South-eastern District Office (walk-in service)
Secretary of the Commonwealth
218 South Main St., Suite 206
Fall River, MA 02721
Phone: (508)646-1374

Western District Office
 (walk-in service)
Secretary of the Commonwealth
436 Dwight St., Rm. 102
Springfield, MA 01103
Phone: 413-784-1376

Price and processing time
Price is $6 per apostille with payment to the “Commonwealth of Massachusetts”.
Processing time is same-day counter service or 10 days for mailed orders.