Background checks for purchase of ammunition will be required in NYS starting September 13, 2023. The cost will be $2.50 per transaction. Background checks for purchase of a firearm will continue but will now cost $9.00 per transaction.


Carry concealed permits now have 3 year recertification requirements. If your permit was issued prior to September 1, 2020 you must recertify online at the NYS Trooper’s website by August 31, 2023.

If you recertified or were issued your permit after September 1, 2020, your recertification date will be 3 years from the date you recertified or the permit was issued.  

Pistol Permits Changes & Resources

FAQs released by New York State 

Restriction removal - Below are the forms for each Licensing Officer which is to be completed and either sent or brought to our office. With photo identification our office is able to notarize the permit holder's signature.  This begins the process to request removal of restrictions.

DMV Services

Fraud Alert Information:  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.   

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. 

Please note: The County Clerk's office does not maintain copies of Birth Certificates. The clerk in the town/city where you were born maintains these copies. For example if you were born at Cortland Regional Medical Center (formerly known as Cortland Memorial Hospital) the Cortland City Clerk would have this record.

E-Recording & E-Filing

Please review for our Fee Schedule (PDF).

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