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, www.vitalchek.com, 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
- your child
- your parent or legal guardian
- your spouse
- your grandparent
- or by a legal representative providing documentation.
- 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
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. The Town of Groton has marriage records dating back to the early 1700's.
- Both individuals must appear in person at the Town Clerk’s office to apply the marriage license. You may appear separately, if that is more convenient. You must be at the Town Clerk’s office no later than 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, in order to complete the process before the close of business.
- The license is valid for 65 days from the date that it is issued.
- The fee for the license is $50. Certified copies of the certificate as proof of the marriage are $20.00 each. You may prepay for certified copies to be mailed to you at the time of application.
- Public Act 17-54 will require that for minors 16 and 17 years old, the Probate Court judge of the jurisdiction in which the minor resides must approve the issuance of a marriage license to a minor. For minors under 16 years of age, no marriage license may be issued.
- Marriage licenses are considered a public record. To obtain a certified copy of a marriage license by mail, write to the Groton Town Clerk, 45 Fort Hill Road, Groton, CT 06340; indicate the full name of couple and the date of the marriage; enclose payment of $20 for each copy, and enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope. You may also order a certified copy through our secure online system www.vitalchek.com . There are additional charges for processing and shipping if you order online.
NOTE: The Justices of the Peace set their own fees for service.
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.