City Clerk

 

Main switchboard for City Offices, Information referral to County and States Offices, Dog Licenses, Notary Public, Bingo/Games of Chance/Bell Jar & Raffle Licenses, Going Out of Business Sale Licenses, Pawn Broker Permits, Taxi Driver Licenses, Taxi Cab Permits, Hawking/Peddling (Vendor) Permits, Circus/Carnival Licenses, Gas Permits, Hauler’s Licenses, Jeweler’s Licenses, Tree/Stump Removal Licenses, Minutes of All Common Council meetings, Sales of Documents (zoning ordinance, subdivision ordinance, etc.), Freedom of Information Requests, Notices of Claims, Charter and Code questions, Liquor License local approval, Marriage Licenses, River Walk Donations/Information. 
 
General Vital Record (Birth, Death, Marriage) information is available on the NY State Health Department web presence http://www.health.state.ny.us/vital_records
For vital records originated in the City of Plattsburgh, the fees and response to you in receiving a copy of a document are less than applying through the NY State Health Department. For most documents there is a $10.00 U.S. fee and the turn-around is a day or two if the request is in order. 
 
As conditions and requirements are sometimes overlapping and convoluted, you may wish to contact us directly by phone during normal business hours (below); most times, a phone conversation can speed your application process (we’ll know the circumstances and you’ll know exactly what is required to receive the document). While not a requirement, for the return of a single document, we would request that you furnish a self-addressed stamped envelope. The return of multiple documents may require additional postage. You may request general information about our records by email: herkalok@cityofplattsburgh-ny.gov
 
Genealogical searches are conducted on a time basis and conducted around active document requests. Again, conditions and requirements are sometimes overlapping and convoluted; you may wish to contact us directly by phone during normal business hours (below) for more information. Our birth, death, and marriage records start with the year 1885. To keep your cost to a minimum, do your homework. If you can supply an exact name and date and you otherwise qualify to receive a genealogical copy of a record which we maintain, there is a $2.00 fee; otherwise, search time is $5.00 per quarter hour. Postage requirements are the same as for General Vital Records (above).
 
Marriage License Applications
8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday
$40.00 fee; both parties must be present at same time; official identification is required (driver’s license, passport, etc.) and for those previously married, a certified copy of the divorce or death document for the previous marriage is required. Depending on how busy we are at the time, the process takes about twenty minutes to complete. Please call ahead for specific information regarding the licensing process; we can supply a listing of local justices and marriage officials within the area at the time of licensing. The license is issued the same day – there is a twenty-four clock hour waiting period (from the time you receive your license) before you can be married. The marriage license is valid for New York State only.
 
Dog Licenses
In accordance with NYS Law, all dogs over the age of 4 months must be inoculated for rabies and licensed within the municipality in which they are harbored. Proof of rabies vaccination and the spayed/neutered condition of the animal (if applicable) are required to be presented at the time of licensing. The current yearly fee for Neutered/Spayed animals is $8.50; otherwise $15.50. Call for further information.
 
Office Hours & Location:
City Hall – Second Floor
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 
Contact Information:
Keith Herkalo, City Clerk
518-563-7702 Office
518-562-5844 Fax

 




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