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Notary Public Service
Dog licenses
Sporting licenses
Shellfish permits

Notary Public Service

The Town Clerk provides Notary Public services for a $5 per signature fee, regulated by State Statute. This service is provided as a convenience to the citizens of Groton.

The Town Clerk staff is not permitted to notarize wills, powers of attorney, or adoption or guardianship papers.

Dog Licenses

Every dog over 6 months of age must be licensed with the Town Clerk. You have 30 days to license your dog after moving to Groton or after obtaining the dog.

To obtain a license, a valid rabies certificate which includes the vaccination expiration date must be presented.

The charge for a un-neutered or un-spayed dog is $19.

Neutered or spayed dogs are $8, and veterinarian's proof must be presented.

If you cannot come into the office for the license, you may mail the information and certificates with payment and a self-addressed stamped envelope, and the license, certificates, and dog tag will be returned to you. Be sure to include:

  • your name
  • your address
  • telephone number
  • the dog's name, breed, color, age, and sex
  • the rabies vaccination certificate showing the expiration date
  • a veterinarian's statement if the dog has been neutered or spayed

The license year runs from July 1 thru June 30, and a penalty of $1 per month is charged for dogs that are licensed after June 30.

Renewal reminder forms are mailed in late May for currently licensed dogs.

Sporting Licenses

These are State of Connecticut licenses and are valid for a calendar year (January 1 - December 31).

Fishing and hunting guidebooks are available at any Town Clerk's office.

Fishing licenses are required for anyone 16 years of age or older.

No hunting, trapping, or archery licenses and permits will be issued to any persons unless proof is provided that they have held a RESIDENT license in the respective sport within the last 5 years OR the person has a certificate indicating successful completion of a Connecticut Conservation Education/Firearms (CE/FS) course (or recognized equivalent) in that sport. Courses are available year round, and listings are available in any Town Clerk’s office or by calling (860) 642-7239. Armed Forces Members can purchase licenses at the Resident rate.

State of Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection home page:

Shellfish Permits

To determine which areas are open, call the Shellfish Information line: 441-6793.

Download Shellfish Area Map

Maps of the shellfish grounds are also available in the Town Clerk’s office.

Shellfish Commissioners


The Town Clerk is no longer allowed to accept applications for Passports or any related services. We hope for this to be a temporary situation and to offer these services again in the future. We apologize for any inconvenience. Remember, the U.S. Post Office in Groton accepts applications for passport, Monday through Friday, from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. No appointment is necessary.