Licenses & Certificates

Birth Certificate

A copy of your birth certificate is on file in the Town Clerk's office of the town in which you were born, and in the town in which your mother lived at the time of your birth. However, if you or your child was born after 2003, the Portland Clerk's Office has access to the birth certificate no matter the Connecticut town they were born.  A certified copy of a full size birth certificate is $20.00. Birth certificates are confidential in Connecticut and are available only to the individual or his or her spouse, parent, child, or grandparent. In order to obtain a copy of a birth certificate, you must give your name at birth, date of birth, photocopy of your driver's license or photo I.D., and your mother's maiden name.

To request a certified copy of a birth certificate through the mail, you will need to complete the Birth Certificate Request Form. Print and mail the form in to the Portland Town Clerk's Office with your payment and a copy of a government-issued photo ID. You must sign this form before sending in your request.

Death Certificate

You may request a certified copy of a death certificate either by mail or in person. A certified copy of a death certificate can be obtained for anyone who was living in Portland at the time of the event or who died in the Town of Portland, Connecticut.
To obtain a certified copy of a death certificate by mail please complete this Death Certificate Request Form. Print and mail the form along with your payment to the Portland Town Clerk's Office

If the death took place after July 1, 1997 and the certified copy is for a family member, please provide proof of relation (the ssn will be redacted otherwise).

Please call 860-342-6743 if you require additional information.

 

Marriage License

You may request a certified copy of a marriage license by mail or in person. A certified copy of a marriage license is $20.00 per copy. In order to obtain a certified copy you will need to fill out the Marriage License Request Form
Print and mail the form along with your payment to the Portland Town Clerk's Office
If the marriage took place after July 1, 1997 and the certified copy is for yourself, please also include a copy of your government-issued photo ID (SS numbers will be redacted otherwise). 

Please call 860-342-6743 if you require additional information.

Vital Record Copies

 
 
 
 
 
 

Dog License

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Connecticut State Law requires that all dogs in the state be licensed by the age of six months. The license must be renewed each year in June. Proof of current rabies vaccination and a spayed/ neuter certificate must be provided.

Annual fees are $8.00 for a spayed or neutered dog and $19.00 for an unaltered dog. There is a $1.00 per month per dog late fee starting July 1st, 2022.

There are 4 Ways to License your Dog:

1) MAIL -    1. Mail a Dog License Form 2. Cash, Check, or Money Order 3. Current rabies                    certificate, and 4. a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

                        Michael Tierney

                        Town Clerk

                        P.O. Box 71 

                        Portland, CT 06480

2) EMAIL - 1.  Complete a Credit Card Authorization Form, 2. Current rabies certificate                        and 3. Send to mtierney@portlandct.org

                  *Note: You must save the pdf form to your computer first in order to save

 

3) ONLINE - Create a user ID at https://www.hitslabs.com/register-individual

                                                     If licensing on the HitsLabs website, be sure to

                                                     upload the rabies vaccination and spayed/ neuter certificate

4) IN PERSON - Come to the Town Clerk's office during regular business hours.

Getting Married

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If you are getting married in the Town of Portland, you will need to apply for your license in the Town Clerk’s Office, Ground Floor,Town Hall. Once issued, the marriage license is good for 65 days. There is no waiting period between applying for and receiving your license.
 

BOTH applicants must appear in the office to sign the Marriage License and present photo ID's such as a driver's license or passport. Please bring in a completed marriage license worksheet or fill it out in the office. We advise couples to apply for their license about two weeks before the ceremony. Please plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to closing in order to process the Marriage License. 
 

The fee for a marriage license is $50.00. We suggest that the couple order and pre-pay an additional $20.00 for each certified copy of the marriage license, which will be mailed to them automatically upon our receipt of the marriage certificate after the ceremony. A certified copy is required by social security and DMV to make a name change. We accept cash, personal checks, and credit cards.
 

The Town Clerk's office is frequently asked whether our staff is responsible for legally changing a bride's last name with Social Security Administration once she has been married. There are no provisions with the Connecticut Statutes to allow Town Clerks to perform this service. However, if you click here you can access the necessary form to submit to SSA along with a certified copy of your marriage license.
 

We are happy to provide the couple with a list of Portland Justices of the Peace. Arrangements can be made directly with the Justice you select. Please click here for the list of Justices of the Peace.
 

For further information, please call the Town Clerk’s Office at (860) 342-6743.

Trade Names

State law requires that any person doing business in Connecticut under any name other than their own, must either register a trade name in the town where their business is conducted or register with the Secretary of State's office as a corporation or limited liability company. The filing fee for a trade name that is already notarized is $10.00.

Click here for Certificate of Adoption of Trade Name form

Click here for Cancellation Certificate of Trade Name form

 

For more information about starting a business in Connecticut, please visit the web site: Business.ct.gov