Massachusetts Public Records

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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Attorney General Opinions

Massachusetts Attorney General database of opinions.

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.

Births and Christenings 1639-1915

Index of over 4.6 million Massachusetts birth and christening records filed between 1639 and 1915.

Census | State 1855

Search 1855 Massachusetts State Census records and view or download images of population schedules.

Census | State 1865

Index of over 300,000 Massachusetts 1865 State Census records.

Coastal Water Quality

Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) databases and resources.

Community Reports

Department of Revenue Division financial, demographic and economic reports on Massachusetts cities and towns.

Company Search | Rejected Corporation Filings

Secretary of the Commonwealth searchable database of rejected corporation and LLC filings.

Company Search | Reserved Business Names

Find business names that have been designated as reserved by the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

Company Search | Trademarks

Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth trademark and servicemark database.

Corporations | Corporation Book Tax Records

Massachusetts Department of Revenue Corporation Book records. Search for Massachusetts domestic and foreign corporation tax records.

Corporations | Rejected Filings

Search this Massachusetts Secretary of States database for rejected corporate filings by name and/or date.

Court Records | Supreme and Appeals

Case record searches for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court.

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.

Crash Reports

Massachusetts accident reports. Free searches, but there is a fee for reports.

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

Massachusetts Deaths recorded between 1841 and 1915. View or download images of death registers and certificates.

Deaths and Burials 1795-1910

Over 1.5 million Massachusetts death and burial records filed between 1795 and 1910.

Driver Education Certificates

Registry of Motor Vehicles driver education certificate verification service.

Driver License Verification

Registry of Motor Vehicles online driver license and driver permit, and ID verification. Provides expiration date, renewal method, and any outstanding obligations.

Elections & Voting

Enter your address to find your ballot, polling place, clerk, and elected officials.

Energy and Environmental Affairs

Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs list of databases and indexes covering air quality, clean energy, climate, toxics, hazardous waste, recycling, pollutants, and much more.

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."

Jewish Genealogy

JewishGen Massachusetts genealogy databases, including obituaries, wedding announcements, marriages, and immigrant arrivals.


Browse the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Human Resources Division for employment opportunities.

Laws | General

Commonwealth of Massachusetts General Laws by Part and Chapter.

Legal Resources

Massachusetts Court System legal resources.


Commonwealth of Massachusetts Legislative Tracking System for Massachusetts House and Senate Bills and Bill Histories. Search by house number, keyword, or phrase.

Legislature Committees

Committees of the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


Lobbyist, lobbyist client, and lobbying entity searches in Massachusetts.

Lottery Locations

Search the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission for places to play the lottery.

Marriages 1695-1910

Index of almost 2 million Massachusetts marriage records filed between 1695 and 1910.

Marriages | 1841-1915

Massachusetts marriages records filed between 1841 and 1915.

Mental Health Department Offices

Search for Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Offices.

Missing Children

Massachusetts missing children search.

Missing Persons

Browse this Massachusetts State Police listing of missing persons.

Most Wanted

Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council database of wanted persons.

Polling Places

Massachusetts Polling Places. Enter your street address to find the ward, precinct, and polling place in your area.

Public Notices

Search this Collective Intelligence Inc. database of Massachusetts public notices by keyword and/or newspaper.

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 Titles

Enter a VIN or Title Number and track a vehicle title or make sure that a title was sent out correctly.

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.


Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection database of groundwater wells in the Commonwealth.

Massachusetts is located in the New England region of the United States. The Capital is Boston and the largest city is Boston.  The Official Web Site is located at  Massachusetts is the 14th most populous state in the United States.  The 2014 population estimate is 6,745,408 and the 2010 census population was 6,547,817.  The land area is 7,800.06 square miles and there are 839.4 persons per square mile.

83.2% of the population is White, 8.1% is Black or African American, 10.5% is Hispanic or Latino, 6% is Asian, 0.5% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 2.1% are two or more races. 89.4% are a high school graduate or higher, and 39.4% have a Bachelor degree or higher.

The median home value is $330,100. There are on average 2.51 persons per household, the per capita income is $35,763, the median household income is $66,866, and 11.4% of the persons in Massachusetts are considered below poverty level.

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