County Clerk


We are happy to announce that as of May 24, 2021 the Schuyler County Clerk’s office is open to walk-in customers. We do however encourage customers to call ahead to reserve time if you will need to process a passport application or to file court papers as an un-represented litigant to ensure we have the proper staff available to assist you.

As of May 26, 2021, Schuyler County is required mandatory e-file for all court work through the New York State Courts Electronic Filing System (NYSCEF). See Administrative Order  162.21 for further information regarding case types. The NYSCEF system may be accessed at 

As always, title search companies and others needing access to land records are invited to use our online portal at

is now available in Schuyler County. You may e-record through our vendors,

CSC at  Or  Simplifile at


Department of Motor Vehicles

Beginning July 26, 2021, the Schuyler County DMV will be re-open to the public for walk-ins.

Our hours will be: 


8:30am – 11:45am 

(Closed for Lunch 11:45am-1:00pm)  

1:00pm –4:15pm 

In the meantime, we will continue to quickly process vehicle registrations and license renewals by mail or drop box.  All forms necessary can be printed from the DMV website or from the Schuyler County DMV page. Forms will also continue to be available in our front foyer near the security guard post.

To register a vehicle please submit the following,

  • MV-82
  • DTF-802 and Bill of Sale
  • Proof of Insurance
  • Title
  • Copy of your driver’s license
  • Blank check made payable to the Schuyler County Clerk (signed) or the credit card authorization form.
  • A prepaid postage of $7.95 Priority Mail Envelope, self-addressed, for the return of your plates and receipt Or Leave a phone number and we will call you to pick up your plates/registration when completed.
  • Anyone submitting plate surrenders must include $1 and a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of your receipt.

County warns Schuyler County homeowners 2021 06 22
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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