HOW DO I FIND THE DEED TO MY PROPERTY?
The Town Clerk’s office has the Grand List sorted alphabetically by property address. If you know the exact street address, you can locate the volume and page reference in the land records and obtain a copy of the deed to the property. If you are unsure of the location, we suggest you visit the Assessor’s Office and obtain a copy of the field card.
This will also have the volume/page reference which we will guide you in locating when you visit our office.
HOW DO I FIND OUT IF THERE ARE ANY LIENS ON MY PROPERTY?
The Town Clerk’s office maintains a computer index from 1976 forward. There is a public access computer which the staff will assist you in using, or you may search the land record index remotely. Records on this system are filed by name (not property location)—this information is quite easy to locate.
HOW DO I GET A LICENSE FOR MY DOG AND WHAT IS THE FEE?
Dog licenses cost $8 for spayed or neutered dogs and $19 if they are not spayed or neutered. Proof of a current rabies vaccination and proof of spaying or neutering is required at the time of licensing. Regardless of when the license is purchased, it expires on June 30th each year. Once your animal is in our computer system, a reminder is sent out annually.
WHERE CAN I GET A COPY OF MY BIRTH CERTIFICATE?
The Newington Town Clerk’s office can issue certified copies of birth certificates if:
- The person was born in Newington, or
- The mother resided in Newington at the time of the birth.
Birth records are not open for public inspection in accordance with section 7-51 of the Connecticut General Statutes. You may request a copy of your own birth certificate, your child’s, your spouse and your parents. Grandparents can also request a copy for their grandchildren.
Certified copies are available in two sizes: the full size is 81/2” x 11” and is a full copy of the document; the wallet size shows the birth name and date only. Both are acceptable legal documents with the raised seal.
IF I LIVE IN NEWINGTON, BUT I AM GETTING MARRIED IN ROCKY HILL, WHERE DO I APPLY FOR MY MARRIAGE LICENSE?
You apply in Rocky Hill (the town of occurrence).
I DO NOT LIVE IN CONNECTICUT BUT I AM GETTING MARRIED IN NEWINGTON—WHERE DO I APPLY FOR MY LICENSE?
The Town of Newington is the only place where you can apply for your license.
I WAS MARRIED BEFORE, WHAT NAME DO I USE FOR MY NEW MARRIAGE LICENSE?
Whatever your legal name is at the time of application is the name you should use.
DOES THE TOWN CLERK CHANGE MY NAME FOR ME ONCE I AM MARRIED?
No—there are no provisions for the Town Clerk to do this. If the bride decides to change her name once she is married, she must contact Social Security Administration, Department of Motor Vehicles, banking institutions, etc. where her name would require a legal change. A certified copy of the marriage license is proof that the name change request is legitimate.
Following her marriage, if a bride owns property in Newington she can file a Change of Name Certificate on the Land Records for a $53.00 fee.
For instrucitons on how to change your name with Social Security Administratoin click here.
HOW DO I REGISTER TO VOTE?
The Newington Registrar of Voters will accept your Voter Registration application. If the Registrars are not available, the Town Clerk’s office is happy to issue and accept this paperwork.
HOW CAN I BECOME A NOTARY PUBLIC?
The Notary Public Manual and the Application For Appointment As Notary Public can be accessed by clicking on the links provided, or copies are available from the Town Clerk’s office. Upon completion of the paperwork, the application is forwarded to the Secretary of the State along with a non-refundable $120 fee. Appointments are for a 5-year term.
WHY WOULD I WANT TO BECOME A NOTARY PUBLIC?
There are many reasons why someone would seek to be a notary public. You may be a small business owner or work in an office where clients and customers have frequent need of a notary’s services. You may enjoy the official nature of the duties, or it may be a requirement of your job.
WHERE CAN I GET A DOCUMENT NOTARIZED AND WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME?
The Town Clerk’s office performs notarial services during regular office hours. If the notary does not know the signer personally, Connecticut law (Section 3-94a(9)) requires the signer to provide at least two forms of identification containing the individual’s signature, at least one of which also contains the photograph of the signer, or a physical description. There is a $5 fee for each signature that is notarized.
Social security cards and birth certificates are not to be used as a form of identification.