Welcome from the Goshen Town Clerk
For many years, as was customary, the Town Clerk serviced the town out of their homes. Today the Town Clerk works out of the Town Office, which resides in a small white building that was originally one of the single room school houses in Goshen. This office may be small but it is one of the most important places to visit to seek information and conduct research.
The Town Clerk is often one of the first seen and most visited members of the community and is one of the oldest of public servants in local government. In fact the role of Town Clerk, dates back to Ancient Hebrew and Greek times, where they were simply called “Remembrancers”… to read more on the history of the Municipal Clerk click here.
Today, the Town Clerk is still the keeper of the records. Public records are made availiable for viewing and copies.
“The Town Clerk’s Office continues to be the hub of our municipality! We always enjoy getting to know and visiting with people in our town, please feel free to come in and visit during office hours”.
~ Rosemary McKinnon
March 7, 2023
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Assistant Town Clerk
Tuesdays 9 AM – 1 PM
Fax (802) 247-6740
Other Services Offered in the Town Office
While visiting during regular business hours you may;
- Gather Town Information
- Purchase Trash Tags
- Get Your Green Mountain Pass
- Post Your Property
- Research Records
For Land Records Research
We request that you contact us to make an appointment for research.
All dogs in Goshen are are required to to be licensed annually. All dogs 6-months and older and any who reside in town at lease 90-days per calendar year. To license your dog they must be current with their rabies vaccination and you must provide an updated copy of their Certificate of Vaccination to the Town Office.
|License fees are per dog|
|January 1st-April 1st||April 1st-June 1st|
|$10 for Altered||$15 for Altered|
|$14 for Unaltered||$21 for Unaltered|
After June 15th warrants will be issued for all unlicensed dogs with additional fees.
If you are new to town or have a new dog you have 90-days to license your dog without a late fee penalty.
Goshen Dog Ordinance & License Policy
Vital Records – Certified Copies of Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates
Certified copies of birth and death records may be requested from the Goshen Town Clerk or any town clerk in the State of Vermont in addition to the Vermont Department of Health and the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration (VSARA). All Clerks now have access to the statewide system, so you may request death and birth certificates from any clerk in the state. You must fill out an application before acquiring a certified copy and you must present a valid ID with the application. This is for birth and death certificates only.
Certified copies of marriage records (all years) can also be requested from the clerk of the town where the event took place.
Birth or Death Certificate Request Form
New Vital Records Law – October 1, 2018
Marriage License Applications
Please fill out the application bring it with you to the Town Office with all associated fees. It is preferable to have both parties present to obtain the license.
Goshen requires all overweight haulers to request an overweight permit application. Please fill out the form and mail to the Town Office with the associated fee and a Certificate of Insurance.
Roles & Responsibilities of the Town Clerk (from VT Secretary of State’s website):
Town Clerk (elected or appointed). Records, preserves, and certifies the public records of the town. Issues dog, marriage, and hunting and fishing licenses; as well as motor vehicle renewals. Runs the local elections, serves as clerk of the board of civil authority, and hears tax abatement requests and tax appeals. Should have the patience of a saint and be a good ambassador for the town. 17 V.S.A. § 2646(2); 2651e
Green Mountain Passport
Vermont residents that are 62 and over may get a Green Mountain Passport that gives them free access to state parks, historical sites and museums throughout the state. There is a one-time $2.00 fee and a short application to be filled out and you will leave with your card in hand. Stop by the Town Office to complete the application or download and bring it with you.