Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

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William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
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Secretary of the Commonwealth: Public Records

N11 Public Records Division

N12 Commissions Section

N13 Address Confidentiality Program


N11 Public Records Division
Secretary of the Commonwealth
One Ashburton Place, Room 1719
Boston, MA 02108-1512
Tel: 617-727-2832
Fax: 617-727-5914
www.sec.state.ma.us/pre/preidx.htm
E-mail: pre@sec.state.ma.us 
Lobbyist Section:
E-mail: lob@sec.state.ma.us

The Public Records Division keeps custody of the state seal, oversees the administration of the state Public Records Law, and acts on the appeals of individuals who have been denied access to the public records of state and local government. Legislative agents (lobbyists) register and file their semi-annual financial disclosure reports with this office. In addition, the Public Records Division serves as a repository for numerous public records. Candidates seeking federal office file records of their campaign contributions and expenditures. Other records on file include listings and descriptions of the personal data systems held by state agencies, and copies of pardons and criminal renditions from other states (although these are exempt from the Public Records Law).


N12 Commissions Section
Secretary of the Commonwealth
Division of Public Records
One Ashburton Place, Room 1719
Boston, MA 02108-1512
Tel: 617-727-2836
Fax: 617-727-5914
www.sec.state.ma.us/pre/preidx.htm
E-mail: pre@sec.state.ma.us 

The Commissions Section swears in appointed state officials, notaries, and justices of the peace. (Applications to become a notary public and/or justice of the peace are obtained by sending a self addressed stamped envelope to the Governor's Council, Room 184, State House, Boston, MA 02133. The Commissions Section also certifies the signatures of public officials, affixes Apostilles to documents going out of country, authorizes clergy to perform marriages in the Commonwealth, maintains a list of the local option statutes accepted by each municipality, and records the names of all public officials and appointed members of local, state, and regional public boards and authorities.


N13 Address Confidentiality Program
Division of Public Records
Secretary of the Commonwealth
P.O. Box 9120
Chelsea, MA 02150-9120
Tel: 617-727-3261
Toll Free: 1-866-SAFE-ADD (723-3233)
Fax: 617-727-3263

The Address Confidentiality Program was created by Chapter 409 of the Acts of 2000 and provides a means by which victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking can use a confidential address forwarding system.

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