The City and Town Clerk is a four-year elected position. The Town Clerk is the keeper of the City seal, and is responsible for the preservation and safekeeping of all official public records and documents for the City of Stamford. The various duties and function of the City & Town Clerk are defined by Connecticut State Statutes and the City Charter.

 The Duties of the Town Clerk

Registrar of Vital Statistics:

  • Registers, corrects, amends and maintains original birth, marriage and death records; issues burial, cremation and removal permits 
  • Issues certified copies of vital statistic records
  • Assists with genealogical research for certified genealogists
  • Issues dog licenses and liquor licenses
  • Issues burial, cremation and removal permits

Land Records:

  • Records, indexes and preserves all deeds, surveys, maps, liens. 


  • Issues and processes Absentee Ballots; (we issued nearly 27,000 Absentee Ballots during the 2020 Presidential election, more than any other city or town in the State of CT)
  • Repository for municipal office candidates’ campaign finance reports 
  • Certifies nominating petitions
  • Files Legal Notices for primaries and election 
  • Issues certificates of authority to Justices of the Peace and notary publics. 

Other Public Records:

  • Posts meeting notices for local government bodies
  • Maintains official records of charters, ordinances, appointments, vacancies and petitions
  • Maintains public meeting agendas, minutes and notices
  • Records trade names and military discharges
  • Maintain the historical archive of the city records.

Our office works continually to improve transparency and accessibility.  

Lyda Ruijter - City & Town Clerk