Welcome to the Town Clerk's Web pages!
The Town Clerk is Elizabeth
The staff consists of Dyan Fitzgerald
We are located at 703 Washington Street, Main Floor, Room 102 - Our normal hours
are 8:30 - 4:30 Monday-Friday - Check with us for Special Hours in the summer.
We will try and put as much helpful information as we can
on these pages but feel free to give us a call at 508-429-0601 for further
General Information about the Town Clerk's Office:
We are the keeper of all the Town
Records, Licensing, Election Information, Vital statistics, Public Records and
Public Information. We try to be the core of local government and serve as the
center information point for everyone.
BIRTH, MARRIAGE OR DEATH CERTIFICATE:
To request a
certified copy of a vital record you may come into the office or call ahead and we
will have it ready for you. The cost for any Certified Vital record is Ten (10)
dollars each. In order to retrieve information we need: Name, and date of event.
These certified copies have the town seal on them and are official records and
accepted by government agencies.
MARRIAGE LICENSES are obtained through the
Town/City clerk office in any community in the Commonwealth. You must both apply
in person. (An exception to this is if a person is in the military or
incarcerated, then the filing may be done by one person so long as they are a
Massachusetts resident. There is a Three (3) day waiting period before the
license can be issued. This is (3) three full days. (File Monday, pick up on
Friday). You need to bring an ID (drivers license).
If an out-of-state clergy person is to perform the
marriage, the clergy person must obtain a Certificate of Authorization from the
Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth prior to the ceremony. The
certificate is issued by the Public Records Division of the Secretary of the
Commonwealth, it is to be attached to the original license and returned to the
clerk of the city or town where the license was issued.
The address to write for the
certificate (Commission) is:
Division of Public Records
Secretary of the Commonwealth
One Ashburton Place, Room 1719
Boston, MA 02108
If you require a Justice of the Peace contact the office
as we have a list of local JP's.
The fee for a marriage license is Twenty (25) dollars and
includes a certified copy of the license once it has been registered with the
clerk & the state and will be mailed to you at the address where you will
be living after the ceremony.
If a couple is unable to get to the clerk's office during
regular business hours, please contact the office at 508-429-0601 and an
appointment will be set up at a time that will be mutually convenient.
Whenever you are conducting
a business under a name other than your own, you must obtain a business
certificate. The filing of a Business Certificate is NOT a license
to do business. It is to provide name/s & address/es of person/s who are
conducting business under a title other than their own name/s, whether
individually or as a partnership. The issuance of this certificate
does not relieve the proprietor of responsibility for conforming to the
provisions of the Town of Holliston Zoning By-laws. The certificate costs is
Twenty (20) dollars and it is good for Four (4) years.
If the business has any changes of location or is discontinued, please report
the change/s to the Town Clerk's office to file the proper statement. Generally
the cost of changes during the Four (4) year period is Five (5) dollars. We send
out a renewal notice reminders at the end of the Four (4) years. Renewals are
also good for Four (4) years and cost Twenty (20) dollars.
Licensing for dogs is done by
calendar year. Your dog/s must be licensed by April 30th or there is a
Twenty-five (25) dollar fine. Licensing may be done at the same time the yearly
town census is done. Just fill out the form at the end of the census with the
dog information, send current rabies certificate if not on file or has expired,
a check made to the Town of Holliston and self addressed stamped envelope and
the new tag will be sent back to you along with the rabies certificate. If the
rabies has expired, we must see a new one with a current date of expiration.
This is state law. The 2008 fee for licensing any dog is Fifteen (15)
REGISTER TO VOTE:
The right to vote is the
foundation of our democratic system. On election day all voters share equally in
the decision-making process. The quality of the outcome of an election, whether
it be for the selection of government officials or decisions on issues of
general public interest, is related directly to the quality of voter
participation. Any person who is a Massachusetts resident, a United States
citizen and will be Eighteen (18) years old as of the next election, is eligible
to register to vote. You do not need a drivers license or any other form of
identification to register. However, when you sign the registration form, you
must attest, under the pains and penalties of perjury, that you are legally
eligible to register and that the information you provide is accurate and
truthful. The penalty for fraudulent registration is a fine of Ten Thousand
(10,000) dollars or imprisonment for up to Five (5) years, or both. You will
remain on the list of voters so long as you vote regularly and complete and
return the annual Town census. If you move to another city or town, you must
re-register in your new community. Be aware of the voter registration deadlines,
If you are new to Town or just turned of age, you must register to vote at least
Twenty (20) days before any Town Meeting/Election, State election or the
Presidential Primary and Ten (10) days before a Special Town Meeting. These
dates are always publicized, and the clerks office stays open until Eight (8) PM on the last
day to register for these deadlines.
Registering to vote is very easy: you may visit the Town
Clerk's Office in person and fill out an application, or you may obtain a mail
-in form at any Post Office or Public Library. You must send a copy of your ID
if registering by mail. Sufficient ID includes a copy of a current and valid
photo id, current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or
other government document showing your name and address. This is a new
requirement but comes about because of the Federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA).
If a voter fails to provide a copy of a valid form of ID, this voter MUST be
given a Provisional Ballot on Election Day. If a voter who registered by mail
since January 1, 2003 does not provide the Clerk's office with proper ID before
Election Day they must bring ID to the polls and it will be checked before they
may vote. You may also register at the
Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) when registering your car or changing your
When you register to vote you may choose to register in a
state political party, select a political designation (become affiliated with a
political organization which has not received party status in Massachusetts) or
choose no political affiliation and become "unenrolled" (commonly referred to
"independent"). If you choose to register with a political party or select a
political designation, you will only be able to receive the ballot of the
selected party in a primary election. Your registration status also affects your
ability to run for office in a partisan election. However, Holliston has non
partisan Town Elections so anyone may run for Town elected positions.
The process to vote is simple: The polls are open on
Election Day from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM for all elections and the polls for all
precincts are at the High School Gym (field house), unless you are otherwise
notified by mail. Check in tables in each precinct are where you go and give the
name of your street, the number of your residence and your name. The voter lists
are arranged by street so this is the fastest way to receive your ballot and
keep the lines moving. In a primary election, voters who are registered in
a political party may only obtain a ballot for that party. If you are an "unenrolled
voter" you may request the ballot of any party participating in the primary
election. You will not become registered in a political party because of your
participation in a state primary. This is new as of July 2004. You do not have
to change your party status after any primary election, State or Federal. Once you receive a ballot, you cast
your votes in the privacy of the voting booth. You may vote for the choices
available on the ballot or, if you prefer, write-in the name of a candidate in
space provided on the ballot. If you mismark your ballot, you must return it to
the poll worker to have it marked as "spoiled" so that you may receive a new
ballot. If you are disabled and need assistance, you may be accompanied by
someone who can provide the needed assistance or request a poll worker to
provide you with confidential, nonpartisan help.
When you have finished voting, you must proceed to the
check-out table and again state the street where you live, the number of your
residence and your name. (The check-in/check-out procedure allows for a full
accounting of all ballots to reduce the chance of fraud). After you have
checked-out, you deposit your ballot in the ballot box.
ABSENTEE VOTING: Voters who are unable to get to the polls
to vote on election day because of physical disability, religious beliefs, away
at school or travel may vote by absentee ballot. Absentee ballots are not
available for mere inconvenience, or because of ordinary commuting-related
Applications for absentee ballots may be obtained from the
Town Clerk and may be submitted in person or by mail. The voter, or a family
member, may submit an application. All applications must be signed under the
pains and penalties of perjury by the voter, or a family member, before a ballot
will be made available. In a primary election, a voter who is not registered in
a political party must specify the ballot of the party choice in the
application. You will not become registered in a political party because of
your participation in a state primary. Applications for absentee ballots must be received by the Town Clerk
before 12:00 noon the day before an election. If the voter submits the
application in person, he/she may obtain the ballot and vote over-the-counter at
the clerks office. When the application is submitted in person by a family
member, the ballot will be sent by mail or in some cases may be hand carried to
the voter by the family member. A voter who is permanently disabled need not
submit a request for an absentee ballot every election. If the Town Clerk
receives a note from a physician indicating permanently disability the clerk
will send an application at the beginning of every year. Once this is signed and
returned to the clerks office it is kept on file and an absentee ballot will be
sent for each election.
STREET LISTS: The Street List is available for purchase in
CD or Hardcopy. It is in Excel format and easy to use. The cost is $10.00 for CD
and $15.00 for a Hardcopy and available at the Town Clerk's Office.