County Clerk


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

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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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.