County Clerk



Schuyler County Clerk, Theresa Philbin is announcing that the County clerk’s office as well as the DMV will be closed to the public as of Monday, March 23 until further notice. Appointments will no longer be accepted at this time. 

As of April 1, 2020, it has been determined that some transactions may be considered essential services for our County's residents.  The Schuyler County DMV will now be accepting vehicle registrations by MAIL ONLY.  This will also allow for the transfer of vehicle registrations as well as plate surrenders.  View April 1, 2020 release

In order to comply with the New York State executive order 202.8 Schuyler County will be reduced to “essential employees” only. This reduction in staff as well as the need to practice social distancing to help us prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus has made this action necessary.

Title search companies and others needing access to land records are encouraged to use our online portal at We are still accepting recording documents by USPS, FEDX-EX, UPS and Courier.

Anyone needing to amend a pistol permit is encouraged to print the amendment form and mail it in with a check or money order of $3 for a paper permit or $5 for the card. This form can be found under the “Gun Permit” tab to the left of your screen.

Any further questions please call or email.

Effective March 11, 2020 there will be a $10 fee added to all residential deed recordings.

On January 11, 2020 Governor Cuomo signed into law an amendment to Real Property Law Section 291 that requires County Clerks to notify the owner(s) of record of residential real property when a document is recorded affecting said residential property. The law also allows a reasonable fee to be assessed for said notices.

The NYS Association of County Clerks, in order to provide uniformity throughout NYS, has determined that $10 is a reasonable fee per document.

In Schuyler County, this fee will apply to residential deed documents executed on or after March 11, 2020 and received over the counter or through the mail (USPS, FedEx, UPS etc.)

This fee does not apply to commercial transactions.

Welcome to Schuyler County.

You will find the County Clerk’s office located in the Courthouse on the corner of Franklin Street and 9th Street in beautiful Watkins Glen with the Department of Motor Vehicles located conveniently down the hall.  Both offices offer friendly, experienced staff willing to assist you with the many services we provide whether it be;

  •          Recording land records or simply getting a copy of a Document already on record.
  •          Filing Civil / Marital court proceedings. (Marriage Certificates are issued by your Town                  Clerk) Visit the County, Town, Village Directory to locate Town information.  
  •          Local Criminal Searches.
  •          Applying / Amending a NYS Pistol Permit.
  •          Obtaining a Hunting or Fishing License, or
  •          Acquiring /renewing a passport.

All public records can be searched in our office through our indexes Monday- Friday 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM.

Passports and Recordings are only received until 4:00 PM.

Criminal Searches are $10 per name. A request must be submitted in writing. Results will be addressed by phone, email or mail at your request. Certified copies of Dispositions are $5. 

Our Historical & Contemporary online records are available at our Cott Portal which is presently being expanded to make your searches from the office or home even more accessible.

My Mission as County Clerk is to maintain the friendly, courteous and professional services that have been the Hallmark of this office. Should you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.


Theresa A Philbin 

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