The County Clerk's Office files and records various public documents.  Examples include Deeds, Mortgages and Judgments.  Click here to learn more about how to sign-up for alerts, to help identify if Fraud has occurred.   

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DMV Services

Pistol Permit Amendments

Customers are more than welcome to come to the office to complete the amendment process.  No appointment is needed.  Below are instructions on how to complete the amendment process by mail, along with the necessary forms.

Clerk of the Corporation

The County Clerk's Office is the official repository of all records created within the County such as Local Laws, certain resolutions, insurance policies, and county foreclosures. The County Clerk is the "Keeper of the Seal" and must place the seal on all official and financial indebtedness of the county.


The County Clerk's Office is one of the oldest offices in the state and carries with it a number of responsibilities.


Services provided by Cortland County Clerk's Office include:

  • Civil Actions
  • Criminal Actions
  • Judgments
  • Small Claims Assessment Review
  • Mortgages/Deeds
  • Notaries
  • Passports
  • DBA (Doing Business as)
  • IRS Small Business Tax and Resource Center
  • UCC (Uniform Commercial Code)
  • Pistol Permits

Online Records Search - No fee

Search, view, print and save public records, free of charge.  Click here to access public records.  If you have trouble viewing this website, please phone IQS, 1-800-320-2617 for assistance.  Please note: Photocopies made in the County Clerk's office are $.65 per page with a $1.30 minimum (rate set by NYS).

Records Management
The County Clerk is the County's Record Management Officer and is responsible for overseeing the Records Center on Port Watson Street in Cortland.  The Clerk is responsible for retaining and disposing of records in accordance with the Record's Management Retention and Disposition Schedule, as put forth by the NYS Education Department and the NYS Office of Court Administration.  Click here to view a copy of the County's Records Management Policy. 

E-Recording & E-Filing

Please review for our Fee Schedule (PDF).

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