Birth Certificate Information

How to Obtain a Birth Certificate

The cost for a certified copy is $10.00 - uncertified copy is 25 cents.

To Pick Up Certificates In Person:

Please order your certificates by phone and they will be prepared in advance of your arrival. Walk-in requests are also accepted and you may wait while the certificates are prepared. The fee is $10.00 for a certified copy or 25 cents for just a copy.

To Receive Certificates By Mail:

Send a check or money order payable to the "Town of Fairhaven". Your request should include the name and date of birth appearing on the certificate, a contact telephone and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. If the records requires identification (see below), the appropriate person must sign the request and include a photocopy of a driver's license or government-issued photo ID.


Records Requiring Identification:

A 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 the child may request a certificate. Identification will be required. Identification is not required for other records.

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

Certifications and Apostilles:

A state certification is sometimes necessary for documents which will be used for government and legal business outside the United States. Click here for information on how to obtain an Apostille.