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(617) 727-2121
Criminal History
Criminal History Systems Board
200 Arlington Street
Chelsea MA 02150

(617) 660-4600

Massachusetts Criminal History System Board
Department of Correction
Driving Records
Registry of Motor Vehicles
1135 Tremont St
Boston MA 02120

(617) 351-9834

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Vehicle Ownership Information
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Customer Assistance
1135 Tremont Street
Boston MA 02120
&(617) 351-4500

(617) 351-9524 (fax)
Vital Statistics
(birth, death, marriage) [divorce records available only at county level] Registry of Vital Records 470 Atlantic Ave Boston MA 02210-2224
(617) 753-8600
(617) 727-8108 (fax) [birth, death only]

Business/Corporate Records
Secretary of the Commonwealth Corporation Division One Ashburton Pl. Boston MA 02108
(617) 727-2850
(617) 742-4538 (fax)

Workers Compensation
Department of Industrial Accidents 600 Washington St. Boston MA 02111
(617) 727-4900
UCCs and Tax Liens
Secretary of the Commonwealth UCC Division One Ashburton Pl Boston MA 02108
(617) 727-2860 fax number not provided)


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City-County Cross Index

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Barnstable County 3195 Main St., Rm 6A Barnstable, MA 02630-3195
(508) 362-2511 ONLINE: Barnstable County Register of Deeds
(access to real estate records and liens)
Berkshire County 44 Bank Row Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 442-6941 ONLINE: Berkshire County register of Deeds (For online access, call 413-443-7438.)
Bristol County 11 Court St.
P.O. Box 567 Taunton, MA 02780
(508) 824-4004
Dukes County
P.O. Box 237 Edgartown, MA 02539
(508) 627-4703
Essex County 36 Federal St. Salem, MA 01970
(508) 741-0200 ONLINE: City of Salem Assessor

Franklin County
P.O. Box 1495 Greenfield, MA 01302-1495
(413) 772-0239
Hampden County 50 Stable St. Springfield, MA 01102-0559
(413) 748-8600 ONLINE: Hampden County Register of Deeds (For access to online real estate and lien records, call 413-755-1722.)
Hampshire County 33 King St. Northampton, MA 01060-3298
(413) 584-3637

Middlesex County 40 Thorndike St.
E. Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 494-4003 ONLINE: Middlesex County Register of Deeds - Northern District
(real estate and lien information)
Nantucket County 16 Broad St. Nantucket, MA 02554
(508) 228-7216
Norfolk County 649 High St. Dedham, MA 02026
(617) 461-6100
Plymouth County
P.O. Box 3640 Plymouth, MA 02361
(508) 747-6204 ONLINE: Plymouth County Recorder

Suffolk County Office of the Clerk Boston, MA 02101-1706
(617) 635-4600 ONLINE: Suffolk County Recorder (617-788-8575)

Worcester County City Hall, Room 206 455 Main St. Worchester, MA 01608
(508) 799-1126 ONLINE: Worcester County Register of Deeds (For online access, call 978-342-2637.) Worcester County Clerk (For online access, call 508-798-7713.)
CITIES - Assessors
City of Boston Assessor (617-635-4264)

City of Cambridge Assessor

City of New Bedford (Click on parcel lookup)

City of Newton

City of Westfield

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