Massachusetts Moving to Online Death Certificates

Beginning this spring, Massachusetts physicians will transition from the current paper-based death certificate to a web-based electronic death registration system.

Once the electronic system is implemented, the current paper death certificate will no longer be accepted. Physicians that are not online will use a fax-based method of certification.

All physicians who certify death certificates need to learn about their new options, attend training, and sign up for accounts if they will be online certifiers. Physicians will want to discuss any new processes that are being implemented with their affiliated facilities and practices.

The registry offers weekly hour-long webinars to discuss the coming choices. To view the schedule, and for enrollment forms and training materials, please visit the Registry’s Vital Information Partnership project web page at www.mass.gov/dph/vip or email vip@state.ma.us.

—Karin Barrett, Deputy State Registrar,
Registry of Vital Records and Statistics

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