EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2019 CHANGES TO GETTING COPIES OF VERMONT BIRTH & DEATH CERTIFICATESWHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Only family members, legal guardians, certain court-appointed parties of their legal representatives can apply for a certified copy of a birth or death certificate. For death certificates, a funeral home or crematorium may also apply for a certified copy.
- Applicants must provide valid identification when applying for a certified copy of a birth or death certificate.
WHERE TO APPLY FOR CERTIFIED COPIES OF BIRTH OR DEATH CERTIFICATES:
- Any Vermont Town of City Clerk’s Office
- Online at: secure.vermont.gov/VSARA/vitalrecords
- Vermont State Archives and Records Administration (VSARA)
- Vermont Department of Health Vital Records Office
We have records dating back to the 1800’s, very few from the 1700’s that may be viewed in the City Clerk’s Office. ONLY records from 1909 to present can be requested online. Certified copies are $10.00 each…sorry, we do not accept personal checks!! We do accept cash, money orders, debit & credit cards for payment (there is a small service charge to use debit & credit cards through the Xpresspay processing center)
OUR OFFICE DOES NOT PROVIDE GENEALOGY RESEARCH
You may contact the Rutland Historical Society for information regarding genealogy http://www.rutlandhistory.com/genealogy.asp
MARRIAGE LICENSES (the cost is $60.00):
- Vermont Residents need to apply for a marriage license in the city/town where they reside
- Out of state applicants may apply for a marriage license in any Vermont city or town, however, we STRONGLY suggest applying for a marriage license in the city or town where the ceremony will actually take place. Marriage licenses are valid for 60 days from the date the license is issued (signed by the town clerk and one of the applicants). Click on this link for a list of all Vermont Town Clerks https://www.sec.state.vt.us/media/33932/TownClerkGuide.pdf.
- The Rutland City Clerk’s Office DOES NOT collect the $10 for a certified copy of a Marriage License at the same time the license is issued. You must come in or order a copy online AFTER your marriage takes place and the license is returned to our office.
Who can perform my wedding ceremony?
Your marriage can be performed by: a Supreme Court justice, a superior court judge, a district judge, justice of the peace, or an ordained or licensed member of the clergy residing in Vermont. If the officiate does not reside in Vermont, or is not recognized by the State of Vermont, they must file for a permit from a Probate Court in the county where the marriage will take place. In addition, any person over the age of 18 may register with the Secretary of State to become a temporary officiant to a marriage. For information to be a temporary officiant, please visit the Secretary of States website https://sos.vermont.gov/secretary-of-state-services/temporary-officiants/ or call (802) 828-2148.
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR THE APPLICATION THEN DO ONE OF THE THREE WAYS TO GET IT TO US:
Mail your application:
Rutland City Clerk
PO Box 969
Rutland City, VT 05701
Fax your application to:
Bring your applicaton to or apply directly:
Rutland City Hall
Clerk’s Office 1st Floor
1 Strongs Avenue
Rutland City, VT 05701
Public Search Index is now live: https://secure.vermont.gov/VSARA/vitalrecords/search-tool.php
Link to Vital Records Ordering Service: https://secure.vermont.gov/VSARA/vitalrecords/