City Clerk’s Office

The primary mission of the Office of the City Clerk is to provide the taxpayers of West Haven with the following services:
  • Handles all birth, marriage and death certificates recorded by the city clerk.
  • Issues licenses for dogs, hunting/fishing, liquor, marriage and trade names.
  • Maintains maps of land records.
  • Records all land records (15,000 for the year).
  • Records notary public certificates.
  • Provides free Valentine’s Day weddings.
See the Fee Increase Summary [Effective July 1, 2018] (PDF).

Land records are recorded from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. weekdays.

An important letter from Mayor Nancy R. Rossi on the Real Estate Conveyance Tax (PDF).

Party-Selected Delegates to Conventions Legal Notice (PDF) from the Office of the Secretary of the State.
Democratic Town Committee Primary Legal Notice (PDF) from the Office of the City Clerk.
Republican Town Committee Primary Legal Notice (PDF) from the Office of the City Clerk.

Notice for Primary on August 9, 2022


Applications are ready in the city clerk’s office on the first floor of City Hall, 355 Main St. Ballots will be sent out starting July 19, 2022.

Ballot boxes are open. You can drop off your application in the city clerk’s office or in the secure drop box at the back entrance of City Hall, 355 Main St.; or at John Prete Senior Housing, 1187 Campbell Ave., or at Surfside Senior Housing, 200 Oak St.


​Vital Statistics Online Ordering System


Get vital records on the new West Haven City Clerk's Vital Statistics Online Ordering System. Requests for birth, death and marriage certificates are processed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Once all information is available, orders are processed within two business days, excluding weekends and holidays.

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Sign up here to receive an email when documents are recorded under your name. If you have any questions about what has been recorded, please contact us.

Weddings at City Hall


Weddings are officiated by a certified justice of the peace from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Find a JP on the Registry List.
  • The cost is $200.
  • IDs are required.
  • No appointment is needed.

Dog Licenses (Dog License Notice: Renew by June 30)
Dog license renewal offered online; penalty accrues after June 30

Dogs must be at least 6 months old and have an up-to-date rabies shot. A copy of a rabies vaccination and the fee — $8 for a neutered male/spayed female and $19 for a non-neutered male/non-spayed female — can be mailed to the city clerk. The dog license is mailed to the individual, saving a trip to City Hall. Licenses can be issued through the mail, if desired. New: Renew a dog license online at Dog License Renewal.