Our mission

To serve the public in an efficient and courteous manner.  Information may be obtained for ordering vital records by using Elizabeth.Marques@newbedford-ma.gov.  We have two types of birth records:  abstracts with the name, date of birth and place of birth with the City Seal for $5.00 and a genealogy record for $15.00 which is used for applying for passports, legal purposes and for uses in states other than Massachusetts.  If ordering by mail, please make a check payable to the City of New Bedford and enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope.  Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards may be used to order vital records but you should call the office at 508-979-1450 with additional information (please note that sending us your credit card information via email is not a secured method). There is a convenience fee for using a credit card.

Marriage intentions must be filed two or three weeks before the wedding and both parties must be present in order to apply for the marriage license, unless one person is in active military duty or incarcerated.  There is a three (3) day waiting period and a $40.00 fee to apply for the license.  Picture ID’s and Social Security Cards are required, if not born in New Bedford birth record is required. The City Clerk is a Justice of the Peace and couples wishing to be married in City Hall may do so by appointment.

Also, available in the City Clerk’s Office are dog, taxi driver, special police, pawnbrokers and second hand dealer licenses, etc.

All dog owners in the City of New Bedford are required to license their dogs by February 1st. The licenses will be available in the City Clerk’s Office, in City Hall. Licenses are $10.00 for neutered dogs and $20.00 for unneutered dogs. Kennel licenses are also available but no kennel license for more than four dogs will be allowed in a residential zone. …more

Department Divisions:

  • Births
  • Deaths
  • Marriages
  • Licenses
  • Leash Law

The City Clerk’s Office will no longer be issuing fishing, hunting or sporting licenses.  Licenses can be purchased at the Division of Marine Fisheries Office located at 1213 Purchase Street, Quest Center, 3rd floor, or can be reached at 508-990-2860 or via the web at: www.mass.gov/massfishhunt

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