Massachusetts Public Records
The Massachusetts Public Records Law, Chapter 66, Section 10, provides legal access to all citizens to public records. Such records are defined as those that “serve a public purpose” and can include financial statements, statistical tabulations, books, maps, papers, photographs, and recordings. Exceptions to the law include any information that would violate personal privacy, hinder open investigations, or jeopardize the safety, performance or operations of any agency.
Databases for statewide records are shown below. Search these popular resources, or use the tools at the left to find city, county, and license records.
- Court System – The Massachusetts court system has 3 levels. First are Trial Court Departments: Boston Municipal Court (contract & torts, small claims & non-prison criminal cases); District Court (misdemeanors, violations, minor felonies, small claims, civil cases under $25K); Housing Court (use of real property); Juvenile Court (youth delinquency, protection, offender, parental rights); Probate & Family Court (divorce, paternity, family, guardianship, domestic violence); Land Court (real property title registration & disputes); Superior Court (civil actions over $25K, labor disputes, medical malpractice, first degree murder & other felonies). At the second level is the Appeals Court, reviewing decisions of Trial Courts. At the third level is the Supreme Judicial Court, reviewing Appeals Court decisions. Massachusetts Court Records
- Criminal Records – Criminal cases are handled by 5 of the 7 Trial Court Departments. Boston Municipal Court handles criminal cases that would not result in prison sentences. The District Court handles all misdemeanors, ordinance violations, & felonies punishable by 5 years or less in prison. Superior Court has original jurisdiction on all first degree murder cases, and also handles felony cases. Juvenile Court handles youth offender matters. Probate & Family Court handles domestic violence cases. Massachusetts has a stringent policy about criminal records. To learn more, please visit our Massachusetts Criminal Records page.
- Vital Records – For certificates, contact the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, 150 Mount Vernon Street, 1st floor, Dorchester, MA 02125-3105, (617) 740-2600, Fax: (617) 825-7755. Visit our Vital Records page to access historical birth records statewide, and current births in Worcester; the Social Security Death Index for Massachusetts, statewide historical death indexes, and available city & county cemetery records, death records, & obituaries; historical state, county & city marriages; and current Worcester marriage records. For a certified copy of a divorce record, contact the Registrar of Probate Court in the county where the couple last lived as husband and wife.
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|Cities & Towns |
Resource for finding information on the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts.
|Company Search | Certified Businesses |
The Operational Services Division of the Commonwealth provides a list of registered businesses. Search for an individual by the last name. Search for a business entity by the business name. Enter only as much of the name as you are sure of.
|Company Search | Corporations, LLCs, LLPs, LPs |
Search this Massachusetts Secretary of State databases for Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Limited Liability Partnerships, Limited Partners, and other company types. Search by name, tax ID, filing number, or individual.
Browse this alphabetical listing of District Courts in Massachusetts-- or view a list by county or court department. Provides name, address, hours of operation, and directions.
Search VineLink for Massachusetts Department of Correction inmates.
Search the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by Chapter Number and Section Number, or by keyword or phrase.
|Registry of Deeds Offices |
Browse the Massachusetts directory of County Registry of Deeds offices by county. Provides address and phone number.
|Unclaimed Property |
Search for Massachusetts unclaimed property by name and/or city or town using this database from the Department of the State Treasurer Abandoned Property Division.
|Uniform Commercial Code Filings |
Search Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth UCC records by individual name, organization name, or file number. You may also opt to use RA9 exact name logic or search by partial name.
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|Attorney Disciplinary Decisions |
Browse the Massachusetts alphabetical attorney disciplinary decisions database to view decision name, citation and a copy of the decision.
|Bankruptcies, Judgments & Tax Liens Pay Site|
Search our Premium database for Massachusetts bankruptcies, judgments, and tax liens. Get statewide or nationwide results for the same fee -- $5.00 per search.
|Boston Marathon Entries |
Search the Boston Marathon database for entries by name, age, sex, city, state, country of residence, and/or citizenship.
|Census - State 1855 |
Search 1855 Massachusetts State Census records and view or download images of population schedules.
|Census - State 1865 |
Search over 300,000 Massachusetts 1865 State Census records and view or download images of population schedules.
|Coastal Water Quality Inventory |
The mission of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) is to balance the impact of human activities with the protection of coastal and marine resources through public involvement, education, research, etc.
Browse this Massachusetts State Government resource by city/town name for Commonwealth Communities.
|Community Reports |
Use this Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Revenue Division of Local Services information to locate financial, demographic and economic data on Massachusetts cities and towns.
|Court Records | Supreme and Appeals |
Search this Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court site by docket number, party, attorney, lower court or lower court judge.
|Court Records | U.S. District PACER |
Provided by: U.S. District Court of Massachusetts. Register with the fee-based PACER system to search for Federal civil & criminal court records by case number, party name, filing date, or last update. Provides dockets and documents.
|Court Records | U.S. District PACER Bankruptcy Pay Site|
U.S. District Court of Massachusetts bankruptcies. Register with the fee-based PACER system to search for Federal bankruptcy court records by case number, name, SSN/Tax ID, or case type. Provides dockets and documents.
|Criminal History (info) |
Find information here on how to obtain criminal histories from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services.
|Deaths 1841-1915 |
Search for Massachusetts Deaths recorded between 1841 and 1915. View or download images of death registers and certificates.
|Elected Officials |
Massachusetts Elected Officials. Just enter in your address city and zip to find your elected official.
|Eviction Records | Tenant Screening Pay Site|
Search Systems Eviction Records. Search statewide in Massachusetts for eviction records by tenant name (individual or business) for just $5 per search. Narrow results by city for common name searches.
|Filming Production Guide |
Browse this Massachusetts Film Bureau guide for Massachusetts-based production companies, organizations, and professionals.
|Find People |
Easy to use, find people in Massachusetts instantly! Find addresses and phone numbers. Free summary of names. Fee for detailed reports.
|Hazardous Materials Sites |
Search this Massachusetts State Government database of hazardous waste release and transition sites by Release Tracking Number (RTN), site name/location, street, city, status, and/or chemical type.
|Irish Immigrants |
Search this Boston College database by name, gender, location, port, or date for "advertisements from people looking for 'lost' friends and relatives who had emigrated from Ireland to the United States."
Browse the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Human Resources Division for employment opportunities.
|Laws - General |
Browse the Commonwealth of General Laws by Part and Chapter.
Search this Commonwealth of Massachusetts Legislative Tracking System for Massachusetts House and Senate Bills and Bill Histories. Search by house number, keyword, or phrase.
|Licenses | Professional, Medical & Business |
Search statewide in Massachusetts for professional and business licenses. Includes CPAs, physicians, attorneys, dentists, contractors, real estate professionals, and many more.
|Lobbyists & Lobbyist Clients |
Search by name and year for lobbyists or lobbyist clients in Massachusetts. Provides registration ID & date, agent & client names, and agent & client addresses.
|Lottery Locations |
Search the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission for places to play the lottery.
|Marriages 1695-1910 |
Search almost 2 million Massachusetts marriage records filed between 1695 and 1910.
Search for family mediators in Massachusetts by region. Results give you names, addresses, phone numbers, specialities, experience, and education.
|Missing Children |
Browse this listing of missing children in Massachusetts to view information including photo, name, DOB, case #, contact person/#, case type, physical description, date/city missing from and link to poster.
|Missing Persons |
Browse this Massachusetts State Police listing of missing persons.
|Most Wanted - by Region |
Search this Massachusetts database by region for Most Wanted individuals by keyword/case number, type of crime, description, and/or city. Or, browsne by type of crime, case number, and photo.
|Polling Places |
Massachusetts Polling Places. Enter your street address to find the ward, precinct, and polling place in your area.
|Property Sales/Comparables |
Search this Commonwealth of Massachusetts database for property sales (comparables) by community, type of property, sale date, and/or sale price.
|Public Notices |
Search this Collective Intelligence Inc. database of Massachusetts public notices by keyword and/or newspaper.
|Real Estate Appraisers |
Search the Massachusetts Board of Real Estate Appraisers (MBREA) member database by city, county, or name.
|Registered Offenders |
Use this Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Safety service to search for Level 3 Massachusetts registered offenders by last name, city, county, or postal code.
|State Employees |
Search the State of Massachusetts employee register by name, jurisdiction, department, functional role, and position.
|Underground Storage Tanks |
Search this Commonwealth of Massachusetts database for registered Underground Storage Tanks by county, city, facility name, address, owner name, and/or fire department ID.
|Vehicle Title Look-Up |
Input your VIN or Title Number at this Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles site and view information such as the date the title was issued, to whom the title was (or will be) mailed, and the name of the lienholder if applicable.
|Vital Records 1841-1910 |
Use this service from the Massachusetts Archives to search for Massachusetts birth, death, and marriage index records between 1841 and 1910. Includes first and last name, town or city where the event occurred, year, volume number, and page number.