Vital Records

What are Vital Records?

The term Vital Records refers to those records, maintained under government authority, which document certain milestone events, namely birth, death and marriage, in the lives of Massachusetts residents. The Town Clerk serves as the local registrar of births and deaths occurring to Lincoln families and of marriages performed with a license issued by Lincoln. Cert stand-in
Official copies of these documents must be certified as such by the Town Clerk and embossed with the Town Seal.

Online Requests for Vital Records

Online ordering for Vital Records is now available: Click Here for Online Payments

Registry of Vital Records and Statistics

The Massachusetts State Registry of Vital Records and Statistics can also provide certified copies of birth, death and marriage records for Lincoln and any other Massachusetts community.

Genealogical Requests

Requests for genealogical Vital Records should be directed to the Town Archivist.


Sometimes official documents intended for use outside the United States require special certification, known as an apostille, from the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth. Find out how to obtain an apostille here.