Due to the current COVID-19 coronavirus situation and the Town’s efforts to minimize exposure for both residents and Town employees, Town Hall and related facilities are closed to the public until further notice.
I am currently (or periodically) not in the office. However, I will work within reason to accommodate public requests, keeping the safety and well-being of our staff and the public in mind. Please feel free to reach out to me via emails at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voicemail at 508-946-8800, and you will be contacted at the earliest convenience.
Thank you for your patience and your understanding during this difficult time for our fellow citizens. Please follow State guidelines for the health and safety of you and your loved ones.
Lillian Drane, Town Clerk
Please take note of the following services that the Town Clerks office provides and is able to continue:
- Marriage Intentions will not be filed in the Town Clerk's office until further notice. Therefore, Marriage Licenses will not be issued at this time.
- Renewals will be done when the Town offices re-open or by mail.
- If you are being required to file, or show proof of filing, please contact the town clerk at email@example.com
- Dog licenses can be renewed online via the Town Clerk’s online payment center. If you are licensing a new puppy, please include the rabies expiration date and your vet’s name on the Mail-In Form.
- If you do not have access to a computer, licenses may be renewed or purchased by submitting an application via US Mail or placed in the drop box (silver payment box) in front of Town Hall at 346 Bedford Street. Please be aware that your dog has to be current with their rabies vaccination(s). If your dog’s rabies vaccine expired in the last year, please include a copy of your current rabies certificate or the date of rabies expiration and vet’s name.
- Birth, Death and Marriages certified copies.
- Please contact the Town Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure we have your vital record on file.
- Once this has been determined, you may go online to request and purchase your vital record.
- You may also do this by mail, sending in your request and payment with a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Lakeville Town Clerk, 346 Bedford Street, Lakeville, MA 02347 or placed in the drop box(silver payment box) in front of Town Hall.
- The fee for each certified copy is $10 by mail or drop box and $11.50 online
- At this time, the Special & Annual Town Meetings scheduled for Monday, June 1, 2020 starting at 6:30pm at Apponequet Regional High School has not been postponed.
- The Town Moderator, in conjunction with the Selectmen, Town Administrator, Board of Health and Town Clerk, will update our residents with any changes.
- The Governor signed legislation on Monday, March 23, 2020 allowing for the postponement of Municipal elections statewide. The Selectmen voted on March 25, 2020 to postpone Lakeville’s Annual Town Election, with a rescheduled date to be determined. The Town Clerk’s office will work closely with the Board of Health, Police and Fire Departments, Town Administrator and Selectmen to select a date to hold the election before the end of June 2020
- We encourage all who are not comfortable or able to go to the polls to request an absentee ballot. Please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will mail you the required paperwork. All absentee ballots, whether already cast or received prior to the close of polls on the rescheduled election day will be counted. Click here for Absentee Ballot Application.
- Receive your application- Please email us a scanned signed copy or picture
- Process your application (expect slower turnaround time due to reduced staffing)
- Receive your ballot via mail- postal services may take at least one week for delivery
- Return your ballot- Ballots must be returned to the Town Offices (not polling location) by 8pm on election day to be counted
- Notary services will not be provided until further notice
- Will resume when Town offices are open to the public.
- If your board must meet during this time, and you will be participating having not taken your oath of office, please contact the Town Clerk prior to the meeting.
- Please submit any public records request through online (Public Records Request) or by email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
- We will do our best to fulfil these requests during this pandemic. With Town offices not open to the public, there may be some information that may be delayed due to research that may involve records that are not easily accessible now.
Nomination Papers- Candidates for upcoming State Elections
PAPERS MUST BE RECEIVED (NOT POSTMARKED) BY THE DUE/TIME ON THE FORM
- Drop Box- Utilize the drop box (silver payment box) in front of the Town Hall- Please put the envelope with your contact information including your name, phone number email address and mailing address. A receipt will be emailed to you. Should you use this option we recommend you email email@example.com to notify us as well.
- Mail papers (if the deadline is not approaching) to: Town Clerk's Office, 346 Bedford Street, Lakeville, MA 02347
- Email- firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for a time to drop off the papers.
For returning papers by mail- Please include a pre-stamped and pre-addressed envelope. We advise candidates to use some sort of tracking service if they are mailing their papers to they can ensure timely delivery.
WELCOME TO LAKEVILLE!
TOWN CLERK'S MESSAGE
On behalf of the Town Clerk's Office, I want to take opportunity to welcome you to the community. The Town of Lakeville prides itself on providing high quality services to its residents. I sincerely believe that you have selected an outstanding place to live, work, learn, and raise a family.
As you settle into your new home, I encourage you to familiarize yourself with the Town. There is a "Welcome Packet" at the Town Clerk's Office with helpful information to help you get started. This packet offers a glimpse of activities and services the Town provides. Our website is also designed to answer many frequently asked questions and provide important information to Lakeville residents and others.
The Lakeville Town Clerk's Office is committed to providing competent, courteous, and efficient service to all residents and non-residents alike, also strives to work efficiently and cooperatively with all deparments, boards and committees as well as keeping the integrity of the office.
- The Lakeville Town Clerk serves the residents of Lakeville as the official custodian and record keeper of Town Meeting records and vital records dating from the present back to 1853. This office also performs genealogical research.
- Is the chief election official, recording official, registrar of vital records (births, deaths and marriages), as well as, the public records official.
- Issues state licenses and permits, including marriage licenses, business licenses (DBA's) and renewals, dog licenses, fuel storage licenses, raffle/bazaar permits, and requests for public documents.
- Is responsible for all elections, census and voter registration and absentee ballots, preparation of ballots, voting equipment and voter lists, certification of nomination papers and initiative petitions and reports official election results to the Secretary of State of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as overseeing the polling place and the conduct of all elections and election related activity.
- Records and certifies all official actions of the Town including town meeting legislation and appropriations, Planning and Zoning Board decisions and is the keeper of the Town Seal. The Town Clerk also submits bylaws and zoning ordinances to the Attorney General for approval.
- Administers the oaths of office and maintains appointments and resignations of all Town Officials and bears the responsibility to ensure compliance with the State Open Meeting Law and Conflict of Interest Law by posting all public meetings of government entities.
- Responds to inquiries from the public, as well as, from other departments, boards and committees.
The Town Clerk is the Chief Election Official and is authorized by state law to administer elections and election-related functions. In addition to the Town Clerk, the Town of Lakeville has three Registrars of Voters who are appointed by Board of Selectmen, each serving a three year term. The Registrars of Voters must always represent each of the two leading political parties. The daily administrations of elections processes is managed by the Town Clerk.
The Office of the Town Clerk is essentially the custodian of the past and a link to the future.