Certificates & Licenses

Birth/Death Certificates:

Certified Copies of Birth Certificates of residents born in or whose parents were living in Duxbury at the time of birth may be obtained from the clerk for a fee of $10.00 per copy.  If the record is restricted, an ID is required to obtain a copy of the birth record and it will only be provided to the parents or child listed on the record unless legal documentation states otherwise.

Certified Copies of Death Certificates of any person who dies in Duxbury or who dies elsewhere but was a resident of Duxbury at the time of death may be obtained from the clerk for a fee of $10.00 per copy.  


Marriage Licenses:

In Massachusetts, you may apply for a license in any city or town in MA and be married in that or any other city or town in MA.  Your license will be recorded in the city or town where the initial filing of the "Intention to Marry" was obtained and at the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics.  The earliest a license may be obtained is 60 days before the wedding, and the shortest time must allow for the 3 day waiting period between date of application and issuance of the marriage license.  The cost for filing the Marriage Intention is $30.00.

To file an intention to marry, the couple must appear together.  

A Certified Copy of the Marriage Certificate is available for a $10.00 fee at the Town Clerk's Office.


Business Certificate (DBA Certificate):

The State of Massachusetts requires that parties doing business in a name other than their own obtain a Business Certificate.  The Business Certificate is valid for four years and costs $40.00.


Dog Licenses:

Dog Licenses are required for all dogs 6 months and older.  A rabies certificate and proof of spaying/neutering must be presented when applying for license.  All Dog Licenses are valid January 1 - December 31 of each year. Renewal of licenses for the year can be done beginning in January.  Licenses are available for purchase in-person at the Town Clerk's Office, by post using the mail-in form included with the annual census, or through our website by visiting the Town Clerk's online payment center (renewals only).

Dog Licenses are free of charge to pet owners 70 years of age or older.  For all others, Dog License fees are $12.00 per year for spayed/neutered dogs, and $17.00 per year for dogs not spayed/neutered.  An additional fee of $5.00/animal is charged for renewals of licenses obtained after June 1st.

Please Note:  Duxbury has a leash law that requires any dog not on a leash to be under  immediate voice control at all times.  This law is enforced by the Animal Control Officer.

Duxbury Beach Dog Walking Permit:

Beach Dog Walking Permits are required to take dogs on Duxbury Beach between April 1st and September 15th.  Dogs must be licensed before a beach walking permit will be issued.  Permit fees are $5.00 per dog and free of charge to pet owners 70 years of age or older.


Fishing, Hunting & Trapping Licenses:

Purchase a Massachusetts Freshwater Fishing, Hunting or Sporting License, Saltwater Fishing Permit, or Recreational Lobster Permit, through Authorized License Agents, Online, or by Phone.