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You may obtain a copy of a birth, marriage, or death certificate at the Town Clerk’s Office. You must bring your valid government-issued photo ID (i.e. Driver’s License or Passport) along with a completed application. Certificates are payable by cash or check payable to the City of Danbury. The fee is $20 per certificate. Credit cards are not accepted.

These certificates may also be requested by mail. Please download and fill out a birth certificate application, marriage certificate application, or death certificate application. Please make sure to mail the completed request with the following requirements:  Check or money order made payable to the City of Danbury. Include a photocopy of your valid government issued photo ID (i.e. Driver’s License or Passport). 

Mail application and a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

City of Danbury
Attn: Town Clerks Office
155 Deer Hill Ave.
Danbury, CT 06810

Requirements to obtain a license in Connecticut
A marriage license is required by the Marriage Laws of the State of Connecticut. You must apply in the Town where the ceremony will be performed. No appointment is necessary to apply for a marriage license. Marriage licenses are issued between 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Thursday. No appointment is necessary.

· The online marriage license must be completed prior to coming into the Town Clerk’s Office to obtain your license. Both parties must appear together in person to complete the marriage license application.
· You must bring a valid government-issued photo ID (i.e. Driver’s License or Passport)
· The license will only be valid for 65 days from the date the license is issued. NO EXCEPTION IS ALLOWED. If the license is not used in this time period, you MUST begin the process over and reapply. You can only apply in the town where the marriage is taking place.

Age Requirements
Applicants 18 years of age or over do not require parental consent to marry in Connecticut.

Under 18 years of age
A 16 or 17-year-old may obtain a marriage license only if the probate court where the minor resides approves a petition filed on the minor's behalf by his or her parent or guardian.

Exact Name
A full legal name is required, using your legal name at the time of the application. No abbreviations, nicknames, or initials. The information for the marriage license should appear as it does on your birth certificate, unless you changed your name legally in a previous marriage then that is your legal name unless your divorce decree reverses it, or you had a court-ordered name change.

Fees
The fee for a marriage license is $50.00 payable by cash or check. An additional $20.00 will be charged for a certified copy of your marriage certificate which will be mailed to you once your license is returned to our office by the officiant after the ceremony is performed.
Additional certified copies can be requested for a $20.00 per copy fee.

Civil Ceremony
For couples choosing to have a Justice of the Peace perform their ceremony, you may contact a Justice of the Peace from the list provided to make arrangements. The Town Clerk does not perform marriage ceremonies.

Connecticut Residents Marrying in Another State
Not all states have the same requirements. Contact the state in which the marriage ceremony is being performed.

Regardless of where you were married, the court district for the area where you were residing at the time of your divorce will have those papers.

If you were divorced at the Danbury Superior Court, you may contact the Court Clerk at 203-207-8600.

You may obtain a copy of a Land Record at the Town Clerk’s Office for $1 per page or by logging into RecordHub from your home for a fee.

RecordHub Land Records

You may obtain a hunting and fishing license in person at the Town Clerk's Office or through the CT DEEP.

Reservoir permits can be obtained in the Town Clerk’s Office by providing your name, address, and conservation #.

Pursuant to Connecticut General Statute 22-338, all dogs over the age of six months of age must be vaccinated for rabies and licensed during the month of June. The licensing fee is $8.00 for spayed/neutered dogs and $19.00 for male/female dogs.

If you are licensing for the first time, it will be necessary for you to provide your name, address, phone number, name of dog, breed, age, and color. You will also be required to provide proof of current rabies vaccination and proof of your dog being neutered or spayed from your veterinarian.

If this is a renewal, you will need to provide documentation of a current rabies vaccination if it is noted on your renewal that your vaccination has expired.

Annual licenses must be obtained during the period of June 1, 2021, through June 30, 2021. Beginning July 1, a $1.00 per month late fee will be charged for each month you fail to license your dog(s). If you are renewing by mail, send your renewal and a check payable to the City of Danbury along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to:

Town Clerk’s Office
City of Danbury
155 Deer Hill Ave
Danbury, CT 06810

You may obtain or terminate a trade name certificate at the Town Clerk's Office. You must fill out an application to obtain a new trade name or to terminate a trade name. There is a $10 fee to file.

About Us

The Town Clerk is responsible for the preservation and safekeeping of all official records and documents for the City of Danbury. The various duties and function of the Town Clerk are defined by Connecticut State Statutes and the City Charter. The Town Clerk is considered the government official in charges of public records, vital statistics and plays a key role in the election process. As the Registrar of Vital Statistics, the Town Clerk has oversight of all births, marriages and deaths which occur and are recorded in the City of Danbury. The Town Clerk serves as the official keeper of the City Seal. Our staff provides guidance and assistance to our residents, attorneys, title searchers, local businesses and state agencies.

What Our Office Does to Serve You:

PUBLIC RECORDS • Maintains and provides access to public records as required by state law • Provides certified copies of public records • Records, indexes, and preserves municipal land records, surveys and maps • Posts meeting notices for local government bodies • Maintains official records of charters, ordinances, appointments and petitions • Maintains public meeting agendas, minutes and notices • Records trade names and military discharges • Issues certificates of authority to Justices of the Peace and notary publics • Maintains official copies of town budgets, audits and annual reports VITAL STATISTICS • Registers, corrects, amends and maintains original birth, marriage and death records • Issues certified copies of vital statistic records • Assists with genealogical research for certified genealogists LICENSING • Issues state marriage, liquor, hunting, fishing and dog licenses • Issues burial, cremation and removal permits • Issues permits for food trucks ELECTIONS • Acts as a filing repository for municipal office candidates’ campaign finance reports • Certifies nominating petitions • Issues absentee ballot applications • Files Legal Notices for primaries and elections

Our Accomplishments

The Town Clerk’s office has made significant progress in preserving, maintaining, and accessing our most valuable records from both the past and present.

Major accomplishments for Fiscal Year 2020/2021 have included:

Through the State Library Historic Document Preservation Grant, we secured funding to perform a five-year re-indexing of our Grantor/Grantee land records to serve as a backup should our computers not be functioning.

Due to being proactive during the COVID restrictions placed upon us by Executive Orders, we were able to continue the essential and critical functions of our office by implementing measures which allowed our clients to access land records electronically, obtain their marriage licenses, and for funeral homes to file their death certificates while our staff worked both in office and remotely.

With No In-person recordings, we accepted all documents through eRecordings, FedEx, UPS, and through a dropbox which staff recorded, indexed, and scanned as required by state statute.

A Comprehensive Election Plan was formulated and executed for the November 2020 election
as a means of addressing the colossal task of processing absentee ballots and issuance of ballots given by the State to the Town Clerks on short notice. A satellite office was established and temporary assistants were hired for processing the 43,000 absentee ballot applications mailed out by the State. This was an incredible undertaking as in 2016 we issued 2063 ballots and
in 2020 we issued 12,454 ballots.