If you were born in the City of New London, or your parents were residents of New London at the time of your birth, your birth certificate is among our records. You may obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate in person, in our office, or by mail. If coming in person, you will need to fill out the request form on the counter, and show photo identification (photo drivers license, military ID, passport, etc.). As of October 1, 2009 the fee increased from $10.00 to $20.00 for each certified copy of the long form, and from $5.00 to $15.00 for the short form. We accept cash, checks or money orders. We do not accept credit or debit cards. We ask that you come no later than 3:45 p.m.
If you are requesting a certified copy of your birth certificate by mail, you must include the following:
- A signed letter requesting a certified copy of your birth certificate, or a completed Birth Certificate Request form below
- Full name on birth certificate
- Date of birth
- Mother's maiden name
- Copy of photo identification
- Check or money order payable to the New London City Clerk in the amount of $20.00.
- A business sized self addressed stamped envelope, as well as a daytime telephone number.
- The turnaround time is approximately one to two weeks from the day we receive the request.
If you do not have photo identification, two of the following documents will serve as identification:
- Social Security card
- Motor vehicle registration
- Pay stub
- Bank statement
- Utility bill, or mail with your name and address on it
- Employee badge
In the State of Connecticut, birth records less than 100 years old are closed to the public. Those who have access include:
- Yourself (18 and over)
- Grandparents (if lineage can be proven)
- Spouse (wallet size only)
- Legal guardian (documentation required)
City Clerk - City Hall
181 State Street
New London, CT 06320
Marriage licenses, effective October 1, 2009, are only available in the City or Town where the marriage is to take place. Blood tests are no longer required. There is no waiting period and no witness requirements. Once the license is issued, it is good for 65 days.
- Both the bride and groom, or parties to be married, must apply in person to fill out application.
- The fee for the license is $30.00.
- If either party is not a U.S. citizen, a valid passport is required for identification.
- If either party is under 18, written consent of a parent is required on the license.
- If either party is under 16, written consent of the Probate Judge is required on the license.
- Once the license is returned to us by the Officiant, signed and dated, certified copies are available for $20.00 each.
- We do not perform ceremonies in our office, you must make your own arrangements. The Probate Judge performs weddings by appointment, usually on Tuesdays. The Probate Court is located in City Hall. The telephone number is (860) 443-7121.
- For a list of Justices of the Peace Click Here
- The application process takes approximately a half hour. If you would like to take the license with you the same day, we ask you come no later than 2 p.m. We are short staffed, and depending on the volume of customers, we cannot guarantee we will have time to complete it by 4 p.m.
To request a certified copy of a marriage license by mail, complete and mail the Marriage Certificate Request Form
Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, as well as a number of Nursing/Rehabilatation facilities, are located in the City of New London.
If a decedent passes away in New London, we will have the death certificate among our records.
If you are requesting a certified copy of a death certificate by mail, complete and mail the Death Certificate Request Form
New London's vital records and land records date back to the 1650's.
Most marriage and death records are open to the public. Birth records less than 100 years old are closed to the public. An exception is made for those members of a genealogical society recognized by the State of Connecticut. For genealogists, birth records less than 50 years old are accessible at the descretion of the City Clerk.
Our vault is open Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.
We are not able to do timely genealogical research due to short staffing. Mail in requests are handled on an availability basis as time allows. Requests will be handled but may take an extended period of time. Please include a daytime telephone number and/or email address.