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Vital Records

Birth Certificates
Application for Birth Certificates
Marriage Licenses and Certificates
Death Certificates

Birth Certificates

If you were born in Groton, or if your parents were living in Groton at the time of your birth, you may obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate either by coming into the office, or by writing for it.
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The Town of Groton does not accept credit cards or online orders; however, for your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc. VitalChek can be reached either through its website,, or by phone at 1-800-255-2414. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa.

By State law, your Birth Certificate may be obtained only by

  • yourself
  • your child
  • your parent or legal guardian
  • your spouse
  • your grandparent
  • or by a legal representative providing documentation.

If you are writing for a copy of your birth certificate make sure in your letter to include:

  • your name
  • your date of birth
  • your mother's full maiden name and birthplace
  • your father's name and birthplace
  • identification of your relationship to the person if not yourself, and documentation if necessary
  • your signature
  • a photocopy of your picture ID, such as a driver's license
  • a self-addressed stamped envelope
  • and payment of $20 for each certified copy

Checks are payable to Groton Town Clerk.

When we receive a mail request, we usually mail the certificate back the same day. We cannot fax birth certificates to you.

The Town of Groton has birth records back to the early 1700's.

Marriage Licenses and Certificates

Marriage licenses are issued by the Registrar of Vital Statistics only in the Town where the ceremony is performed, also known as the Town of Occurrence.

  1. Both bride and groom must appear at the office to apply for and to sign the license, but not necessarily together.
  2. The license is valid for 65 days from the date of application.
  3. The fee for the license is $30. Certified copies of the marriage certificate are $20.00 each.
  4. If the applicant is under 18 years of age, written consent of a parent or guardian is required on the license.
  5. If the applicant is under 16 years of age, the Judge of Probate must endorse with written consent on the license.
  6. To obtain a certified copy by mail, write to the Town Clerk, indicate the names of the bride and groom and the marriage date, enclose payment of $20 for each copy, and enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope.

The Town of Groton has marriage records back to the early 1700's.

NOTE: The Justices of the Peace set their own fees for service.

Death Certificates

The Town of Groton has death records back to the early 1700's.

If you are writing for a copy, please include:

  • the date of the event
  • the name of the deceased
  • a self-addressed stamped envelope
  • and the fee of $20 for each certified copy.


The Town of Groton has vital records and land records dating back - in some cases - to the 1600's.

We do not have the staff to do genealogical research, but we will attempt to locate information when we have the time to do so.

Our cemetery records often provide useful information.

You are welcome to visit the office to look at these records. We ask that you not come in the week prior to and after the November election.

Birth records remain confidential unless you are a member of a legally incorporated genealogical society authorized by the State of Connecticut. Birth records that are more than 100 years old are open to the public.