City Clerk FAQ Q: How do I apply for a marriage license? Q: How do I obtain a birth certificate? Q: How do I obtain a death certificate? Q: Do I need identification to obtain a birth/marriage/death certificate? Q: How do I obtain a business certificate? Q: How do I apply for a tag sale permit? Q: How much is a dog license and when does it expire? Q: What are the City Clerk’s office hours? Q: I have a death certificate and I need to make a correction, is there a specific department I must contact? Q: I have an adopted child and I need a copy of the birth certificate. What forms of identification do I need and do you need information about the childs' birth parent(s)? Q: What are restricted records? Q: How long does it take to receive a duplicate copy of a certificate? Q: I would like to see how far back our family has lived in the city of Springfield. Where would I go and is there a charge for this type of research? Q: Can I pay by personal check for my documents? Q: What is the current rate for residential and commercial properties? Q: What types of permit can I request from the City Clerk's office? Q: Can I get married at City Hall?