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Frequently Asked Questions

We hope that many of your questions can be answered by reviewing this section of our website.  However, if you have a question that our website has not answered, please do not hesitate to call our office at (914)995-3080.

Q: Where is the Office of the Westchester County Clerk located?

Q: When is the Office of the Westchester County Clerk open?

Q: What records from your office are available online?

Q: Do I renew my Plumbing/Electric License at your office?

Q: How can I apply for a United States Passport?

Q: How can I apply for a United States Passport for my child (minor)?

Q: How can I apply for a pistol License?

Q: How can I obtain a copy of my divorce decree?

Q: How can I obtain a copy of my criminal disposition?

Q: How can I obtain a copy of my deed or other land record?

Q: How can I learn how much a property in Westchester was sold for?

Q: Can I get a birth or death certificate from the County Clerk?

Q: Can I get a marriage certificate from the County Clerk?

Q: Where do I send my Notary Renewal form?

Q: How do I get a notary authenticated and then an apostille?

Q: How can the Westchester County Clerk’s Office help me in setting up my new business?


Q: When is the Office of the Westchester County Clerk open? Top

A: The Office of the Westchester County Clerk is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. except on legal holidays.  The Passport Office is open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  The Westchester County Clerk’s Office will be closed on the following weekdays in observance of holidays:

Holiday Date Observed (2017)
New Year's Day Monday, January 2
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday Monday, January 16
Presidents' Day Monday, February 20
Memorial Day Monday, May 9
Independence Day Tuesday, July 4
Labor Day Monday, September 4
Columbus Day Monday, October 9
Election Day Tuesday, November 7
Veterans' Day Friday, November 10
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 23
Thanksgiving Friday Friday, November 24
Christmas Day Monday, December 25

If applying for a U.S. Passport, applicants must arrive at our office by 4:30 p.m. Please plan accordingly.


Q: What records from your office are available online? Top

A: The Westchester County Clerk’s Office is committed to helping you find the records you need by allowing you to conduct certain Records Searches quickly and easily from your personal computer. Be sure that your mortgage satisfaction has been filed.  Learn what papers have been filed in a particular lawsuit.  All of these searches and more can be conducted from the comfort of your home or office.  Visit Westchester Records Online  for more information.


Q: Do I renew my Plumbing/Electric License at your office?Top

A: As of January 1, 2015, the licensing of plumbers and electricians is being administered by the Westchester County Department of Consumer Protection.  For more information, go to Plumbers and Electricians on the Consumer Protection Web site or call (914)995-2657.


Q: How can I obtain a copy of my deed or other land record? Top

A: To search for a land document, visit Westchester Records Online to determine whether the document you are searching for is recorded in the Office of the Westchester County Clerk.  If the document is recorded in our office and you wish to obtain a copy of it, you can pay a daily user fee to view it online, visit our office, or request a copy of the document  by mail.

Visiting Our Office:  You are encouraged to come to our office and use the free public viewing terminals to see if the land document you are searching for is recorded in our office and also to view the actual document image. Our office is located at 110 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Room 345 in White Plains and can be reached by entering through the Richard J. Daronco Courthouse entrance. Our office is open Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Requesting a Land Document by Mail:  To request a land document, please send a letter which contains as much of the following information as possible: the name of the document you are searching for such as "a deed", the name of the owner, the property address including the village, town or city, the approximate date of the transaction, and the liber and page number or the control number, if known. Please include a check payable to "Westchester County Clerk" in the amount of $5.00 for each item requested plus a copy fee of $1.30 for up to two pages plus an additional 65 cents for each additional page. Cash is not accepted and all fees must be included with your written request. Please also include a self-addressed stamped envelope in which your document will be returned. If you are unsure of the fee, please note the amount not to be exceeded on the check and a staff member will fill in the appropriate amount for you.


Q: How can I learn how much a property in Westchester was sold for? Top

A: We do not keep a record of the amounts paid for properties. However, that information can often be determined by reviewing the deed for a property. If you come into our office, our staff can help you locate an image of a deed. Once you have that image, you can locate the transfer tax paid and use the following formula to calculate the approximate purchase price: For purchases before May of 1983: Divide the transfer tax by .0011. For purchases after May 1, 1983: Divide the transfer tax by .004. For example, if a property was sold in 1995 and transfer taxes of $1,500 were paid, you would divide $1,500 by .004 to learn that the property was sold for approximately $375,000.


Q: Can I get a marriage certificate from the County Clerk? Top

A: The Office of the Westchester County Clerk does not issue or record marriage certificates.  In Westchester County, marriage records for marriages which took place between 1908 and 1936 can be obtained from the Westchester County Archives.   Other marriage records must be obtained from the local clerk in the village, town or city in which the marriage took place.   For the telephone numbers of local clerks throughout Westchester County, please review our List of Phone Numbers for City, Town and Village Clerks.


Q: Where do I send my Notary Renewal form? Top

A: You should send your notary renewal form to The Office of the Westchester County Clerk, 110 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Attn: Notary Dept., Room 330, White Plains, NY 10601.  If you have lost or misplaced your Notary Renewal Form, please contact our Notary Department at or (914) 995-3071 and we can arrange to have an emergency renewal form sent to you.


Q: How do I get a notary authenticated and then an apostille? Top

A: If you need an authentication of a notary public who is qualified in Westchester County, you must bring in the document with the original notary stamp and signature on it (copies cannot be authenticated). The fee for each authentication is $3.00 and should be made payable to the "Westchester County Clerk". If you are submitting the document by mail, send it to The Office of the Westchester County Clerk, 110 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Attn: Notary Dept., Room 330, White Plains, NY 10601. Please be sure to include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Please be advised that under New York State law, records to verify notary qualification are kept for only 7 years by both the State and our office. A document bearing an acknowledgement older than seven years cannot be authenticated. If, in addition to the County Clerk's authentication, you need an apostille, you must contact the Department of State for information. The Department of State is located at 41 State Street, Albany, NY 12231 and can be reached by telephone at (518)474-4770. In addition, the Department of State has a New York City office located at 123 William Street, 19th Floor and can be reached by telephone at (212)417-5747.


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Visiting Our Office?

Enter through the courthouse and proceed to the third floor.

Richard J. Daronco Courthouse
111 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
White Plains, NY 10601

Hours: Mon - Fri, 8am - 5pm
Passport Hours: 8am - 4:30pm
Closed on official holidays.

Calendar of Events

Wednesday, October 4

Naturalization Ceremony
Daronco Courthouse
2pm - 3pm
(New Citizens arrive at 1pm)

111 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
White Plains, NY 10601


Thursday, October 12

Mobile Passport Outreach
Mt. Pleasant
11am - 2pm

Mt. Pleasant Community Center
125 Lozza Drive
Vahalla, NY 10595


Tuesday, October 17

County Center
Senior Law Day
8:30am - 2pm

198 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601


Full Calendar of Events