Am I required to fill out the census form I received?
Am I required to license my dog(s)?
M.G.L. Chapter 140 Sections 137 & 137A state that you must License a dog. You must License the dog beginning at 6 months of age. Please include an updated rabies certificate and if the dog is spay/neutered we will need that certificate as well. All paperwork that you submit will be returned with the License. If licensing the dog by mail, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Please visit the Dog License page for more information.
Can I get a Dog License application online?
Yes, however you must either send it in by mail or visit the Town Clerks office. Visit the Dog License page for more more information.
Can I get my birth certificate here if I was born in another State but lived here for 20 years?
No. Births do not cross State Lines. Nor do any other Vital Records such as marriage or death certificates
Do I have to file a business certificate with the Town?
Under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 110 Section 5, any individual, partnership, or corporation doing business in Dedham under a name other than their own must file a Business Certificate. The fee is $40.00 and is valid for four years. Visit the Business Certificate (DBA) page for more information.
Please visit the Raffle Permits page for more information and to download the permit application.
How do I get a copy of past meeting minutes?
All meeting minutes should be posted on the Town website. If you do not find what you are looking for please contact the Town Clerk.
How do I get recognized to speak at Town Meeting?
The Moderator will recognize you when you raise your hand. You may contact the Moderator before Town Meeting to discuss an issue prior to Town Meeting.
How may I obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate?
It may be obtained through the Town Clerk's office in the city or town where you were born or in the city or town where the parents were living at the time of the birth. The fee for a certified copy of a birth certificate is ten dollars ($10.00). You may also request copies by mail: see the Town Clerk's web page and download an order form.
How may I obtain a certified copy of a death certificate?
It may be obtained through the Town Clerk's office in the city or town the decedent lived in at the time of death or in the city or town where the individual died. The fee for a certified copy of a death certificate is ten dollars ($10.00). You may also request copies by mail: see the Town Clerk's web page and download an order form.
How may I obtain a certified copy of a marriage license?
It may be obtained through the Town Clerk's office in the city or town in which the marriage intentions were taken out. The fee for a certified copy of certified marriage License is ten dollars ($10.00). You may also request copies by mail: see the Town Clerk's web page and download an order form.
I just became a Notary Public. I need to be sworn in. Where do I go?
Instructions will be mailed from the secretary of the commonwealth.
Where can I find Justice of the Peace services?
Please call the Town Clerks office at 781-751-9200 and we can supply a list of Justice of Peace.
Why am I not listed as a registered voter? I filled out a census form.
You must re-register if you have moved. The census form does not register you to vote. You must fill out a voter registration form. Failing to return the Annual census and not voting in at least one of the next two state or Federal elections will remove your name from the voting list.
Will my birth certificate, marriage certificate or death certificate be on file in Dedham?
Your birth certificate will be on file if your parents lived in Dedham at the time of your birth. Your marriage certificate will be on file in Dedham if that is where you filed your intention. Death certificates are filed here if the decedent was a Dedham resident at the time of death, or if a non-resident decedent actually died in Dedham. Copies of all Massachusetts vital records can be researched and obtained through the State Registry of Vital Records, 150 Mt Vernon St, Dorchester, MA 02125, Phone (617) 740-2600.