The Office of the Town Clerk
The Office of the Town Clerk provides information and quality services to the residents of Brandon. The Town Clerk works in conjunction with other Town departments to satisfy residents’ concerns while meeting state and local statutes. Both Sue and Luanne are available to answer questions about the town and to direct you where you can obtain the necessary information.
Town Clerk: Sue Gage
Town Treasurer: Sue Gage
802-247-3635 ext. 203
Assistant Town Clerk: Luanne Merkert
Assistant Town Treasurer: Luanne Merkert
Tel: 802-247-3635 ext. 204
Online Land Records
The Town of Brandon has joined the Vermont Town Clerks Portal in an effort to make town government more accommodating to your busy schedule. Although the Town Offices are open everyday from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM sometimes it just doesn’t work for you. Now it does – 24/7. The process is very user-friendly. Now you can access indexed information for land records and other recorded information maintained by the Town Clerk’s Office. Click here, set up an account, and you are ready to go. It’s as easy as that.
Vital Records – Certified Copies of Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates
Certified copies of birth and death records may be requested from the Brandon 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. The application can be accessed here.
Certified copies of marriage records (all years) can also be requested from the clerk of the town where the event took place.
Marriage License Application:
There is an application that needs to be completed. The marriage license application is available here or it can be picked up at the town office or mailed or faxed. We ask that you submit the completed application as early as possible and then pick it up during the week prior to the big day. At that time the couple will be asked to sign and pay the fees which are currently $60.00 for the license and $10.00 for an optional certified copy. Vermont residents need to apply for a marriage license in the town that either party resides in. Once the license has been issued individuals can then be married anywhere in the state. Those getting married from out of state can get the license from any town or city clerk and then be married anywhere in the state. The license is valid for 60 days from the date it is issued. If the marriage doesn’t take place within that time period, the couple would have to reapply and pay the fees again. After the service has been performed, the officiant will then complete their section and return to the town of origin.
To print out a list of JUSTICES OF THE PEACE for Civil Marriages, please click here.
Voter Registration Information:
Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos has announced the roll-out of the new Elections Management Platform. This platform has three main parts:
• Elections Management System (EMS) – includes a new statewide voter checklist and other resources and tools to be used by town and city clerks across Vermont to conduct all of their election related business – from registering voters, to processing absentee ballot requests, to entering election results;
• New Online Voter Registration Tool – allows all eligible Vermonters to submit their voter registration application online anytime and anywhere they can access the internet; and
• New “My Voter Page” – online resource that allows every registered voter to login and have access to a unique, voter-specific web page where they can request an absentee ballot, track its status, update their voter registration record, find their polling place, view a sample ballot, and much more.
To print out a voter registration application, please click here or contact the Brandon Town Clerk.
Absentee/Early Voting Information:
In Vermont we make it easy to vote. If you prefer to vote early or by mail you can! Voting starts as soon as ballots are available—not later than 45 days before the primary or general election and 20 days prior to a municipal election that uses the Australian ballot.
You may use the following to request an absentee or early ballot: (please click here)
Vote Early in Person: A voter may vote at the town clerk’s office, in person, any time after the ballots are delivered to the clerk. Ballots will be delivered to the clerks no later than 45 days before a primary or general election or 20 days before a municipal election using an Australian ballot. A voter may vote in the clerk’s office, during normal business hours, any time after the ballots are delivered until the day before the election.
Vote by Mail: Any voter can request that the town clerk mail them an early voter absentee ballot. This ballot will arrive with a return envelope so that the ballot, once voted, can be returned to the clerk and safely stored to be counted on Election Day. The clerk must receive the ballot by the close of polls on Election Day in order for it to be counted. A ballot can be requested any time before an election. Clerks will mail absentee ballots as soon as they are available.
Hand Delivered Ballots: A voter may pick up a ballot at the town clerk’s office at any time after the ballots are available. A voted absentee ballot can be hand delivered in a sealed envelope to the clerk on, or prior to, Election Day. The ballot can be returned to the clerk or delivered to the polling place by the voter or any person the voter authorizes to return the ballot for him or her. A person can only pick up his or her own ballot from the clerk’s office.
Vote at Home: If you are sick or have a disability, a ballot can be delivered to your home on Election Day or before. You may request an absentee ballot up until 5 p.m. on the day before the election. Two justices of the peace (of different parties when possible) will deliver a ballot to you, and then will bring the ballot back to the polling place so that it can be placed in the ballot box and counted.
All early voter absentee ballots must be returned to the town clerk’s office before the close of the office on the day before the election, or to the polling place before 7 p.m. on the day of the election, in order to be counted.
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 click here to print it out and bring it with you.
LICENSE DOGS by April 1st in the Town Clerk’s Office. If your dog is over 6 months old MALE: $13.00 FEMALE: $13.00 NEUTERED MALE: $9.00 SPAYED FEMALE: $9.00 (Includes $5.00 fee for State of Vermont). After April 1st, fee is 50% more. BE SURE TO BRING A CURRENT RABIES CERTIFICATE.
PROPERTY TAXES DUE – Property taxes assessed upon the grand list of the Town of Brandon are due quarterly: August 15, November 15, February 15, and May 15 each year. Payments made after the quarterly due dates are assessed 1% interest monthly, and balances due after May 15th, are subject to an 8% penalty as well as interest. Please bring your tax notice with you or enclose it with your remittance. Taxpayers are requested to save themselves and others much inconvenience by making payments as early as possible instead of waiting for the last day.
Credit Card / Debit Card: Visit This Page
**Please note: This service allows you to pay your Town of Brandon property tax/sewer payments electronically and is a service of Value Payment Systems. All payments are processed immediately and the payment date is equal to the time you complete your transaction. A convenience fee of 2.50% ($3.95 min.) of the payment amount, $3.95 for personal Visa debit card or $1.75 for echecks is charged by Value Payment Systems for using this service.
Quarterly Property Tax Direct ACH Payment Option: Property tax payers also have the option of having their quarterly tax payments taken directly from their checking account. Request a form from the office or click here print it out and return it along with a voided check or deposit slip to 49 Center Street, Brandon, VT 05733. The payment will be taken from the account you specify each quarter on the due date, or the next business day if the due date falls on a weekend or holiday. Call us at 802-247-3635 with any questions.
Vehicle Registration Renewals
Vehicle registration renewals: Brandon is one of several towns in the state that offers this service. We can renew the current plus two prior months, anything older than that would have to be done directly through the DMV. You will need the renewal form the DMV sends you along with a check or money order made out to VT DMV for the renewal amount. We forward these weekly to the DMV therefore we can’t accept cash. There is also a $3.00 fee to the town which can be either check or cash, but needs to be separate from the renewal fee. If you have access to a computer and printer you can save yourself time and money by going to DMV Express at dmv.vermont.gov and renew on line using a debit or credit card. Keep the receipt from this transaction in your car – it is good for 10 days. You should have the original form and plate sticker from DMV within 5-7 days.