MISSION STATEMENT ASSESSING DEPARTMENT
The mission of the Melrose Assessment Department is to provide fiscal stability by promptly, fairly and equitably determining the valuation of all real and personal property located in the City of Melrose. The Assessment Department is obligated under law to assess all property at its full and fair market value as of January 1 of each year for the purpose of taxation. This is accomplished through the maintenance and administration of all property tax data records.In addition, the department also administers motor vehicle excise tax, real, personal and motor vehicle excise tax abatements, and all statutory tax exemptions as allowed by law.
Board of Assessors
City of Melrose Assessor Database
If you are a homeowner in Melrose, please go to the following link and check the information for accuracy.If you find any discrepancies, or would like to email us an updated digital photo of your property, please email Assessor@cityofmelrose.org or call 781-979-4104 to schedule an inspection to correct the information.
Click here to check your property information.
Click here for instructions on using the Assessor Database
Real Estate Abatements
Real Estate Exemptions
Cl. 22 - Disabled veterans
Cl. 41C - Elderly person over 70
Cl. 41A - Deferral of taxes over 65
Cl. 17D - Surviving spouses
Cl 37 - Blindness
Cl 18 - Hardship
Excise tax bills: Abatements and adjustment
All forms can be obtained in the Assessors Office.
Street listing valuation books are in the Assessors Office also a copy is in the Melrose Public Library.
evidence of the child’s citizenship (see #1 below)
evidence of the child’s relationship to the parents/guardians AND
parental picture identification (typically driver’s license or passport)
second parent’s notarized written statement consenting to passport issuance for the child
primary evidence of sole authority to apply (ex. court order of sole legal custody)
a written statement (made under the penalty of perjury) explaining the second parent’s unavailability
|1.Proof of Citizenship:
If you were born in the United States, then a LONG FORM birth certificate is required– the long form must be certified with a raised seal (no photocopies).
2.Proof of Identity:
Previous Passport (if you have one) or driver’s license, government employee identification Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship (if none available see instruction on page 2 of Form DS-11).
3.Two recent color photographs:
AAA, CVS and many camera stores provide passport photo service.If you take the pictures with your digital camera, you must follow strict instructions (see page 2 of DS-11 #3).The Department of State will reject applications where the photos do not meet these requirements.
If you are 16 years or older:
A check or money order should be made payable to the U.S. Department of State in the amount of $110.00.
If you are under 16 years old:
A check or money order should be made payable to the U.S. Department of State in the amount of $80.00.
5.Expedited Service Fees:
You have the option to request expedited service. The State Department advises that expedited requests will be processed in three workdays from receipt at a passport agency. The fee for expedited service is an additional $60.00.
|WHO APPEARS||WHO SIGNS||VALID||FEE**|
|Age 0-15||Both parents must appear with applicant or one parent plus notarized consent of second parent.
||Both parents must sign.Minor may also sign.||5 years||$80+|
|Age 16-17||One parent may appear with applicant for identity.||One parent may sign.Minor must sign.
|Age 18+||Applicant must appear in person||Applicant must sign.||10 years||$110+|
*Minors aged 16-17 who can present their own adequate identity documentation are not routinely required by law to submit parental consent as long as parental consent can be implied in some manner.A parent’s check used as payment and/or the parents listed as emergency contacts imply parental consent.The Passport Agency may specifically request written parental consent for a child 16-17 if it is not so implied on the application. Minors without adequate identification should be accompanied by a parent.The parent must present his/her own identification and then sign the application.
**In addition to the fees cited above which are payable to the U.S. Department of State, there is a $25 execution fee for each applicant payable to the City of Melrose.Fees for multiple applicants from the same family can be combined into a single check for each of the entities: the Department of State and the City of Melrose.A single check cannot be submitted as payment for both entities.An additional fee of $60 payable to the U.S. Department of State is required for expedited service.Expedited requests will be processed within three workdays from receipt at a passport agency with delivery expected within three weeks. Typical delivery time for non-expedited delivery is 4-6 weeks.If a passport is needed within less than two weeks, contact the National Passport Information Center to make an appointment at the Boston office (1-877-487-2778). Additional details can be found at the US Dept. of State's passport web site.
Passport renewals do not require a personal appearance and should be done by mail directly with the National Processing Center. Check the renewal passport web site to determine if you qualify for this easy means of renewal and to download the application. If you do not have web access, the renewal application (DS-82) is available at the Assessor’s Office but you must fill it out and send it in yourself. By doing so, you save the $25 execution fee. To qualify for using the DS-82, your expired passport must have been issued within the past fifteen years and you must be able to submit it in good condition with your application.