The Town Clerk's Office is responsible for birth records of all births occurring elsewhere in Massachusetts if the parents were residing in Orleans at the time of the birth or births that have occurred within Orleans.
The Clerk's office also maintains records of marriages where the intentions were filed here, regardless of the location of the wedding.
Death certificates are on file in the community the death occured as well as the decedent's residence community.
Fee: $10.00 for the certified copy.
Town Clerk's Office
19 School Road
Orleans, MA 02653
(508) 240-3700 X405
To pick up certificates in person: Please order your certificates by phone and they will be prepared in advance of your arrival. Due to Covid-19 we cannot process walk-in requests. We have a Pick Up and Drop box outside.
To receive certificates by mail: Send a check or money order payable to "Town of Orleans." Your request should include the name and date of birth/marriage/death for the applicable certificate, a contact telephone or e-mail address, and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. If the record 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.
Sorry, we cannot accept credit card payments at this time.
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 child may request a certificate. Identification will be required. Identification is not required for other records.
Massachusetts State Registry of Vital Records and Statistics can also provide certificates for Orleans or any other Massachusetts community. Follow the link to their website for more information.