About the County Clerk

More about the Clerk

The County Clerk is the Clerk of the Supreme and County Court. She is the Clerk of both the Civil Courts Division and Criminal Courts Division. 

The main function of the County Clerk’s Office is that of record keeper for the County.  The County Clerk’s Office records, files and maintains land records such as deeds, mortgages, assignments, oil & gas leases and survey maps. You can also find federal, state, county, city and town/village judgments and satisfactions, along with many more documents. The list and verification of all of the Notaries in Cayuga County is in the office as well as military discharge papers for Veterans. A Veterans discount program called Return the Favor was initiated in 2009 and there are more than 175 local businesses that participate in giving our local Veterans discounts.

The Cayuga County Clerk is the County’s Records Management Officer (RMO) and is therefore responsible for maintaining records, census, microfilm/scan documents, preserving and storing records for 41 county departments. We maintain and provide document retrieval service for 3 floors of records in the Records Retention Center, and we provide and assist in searches for the many people who use our Records Center either by mail, online, or in person CLICK HERE to link the Records Retention Center

In the Recording Office we also file oaths of office for elected officials, appointed officials, County board members and Commissioners of Deeds.

The County Clerk files Business Certificates (DBA’s), Partnerships and Veterans Peddler’s licenses. The County Clerk serves as a Passport Acceptance Agent for the U. S. Department of State. She started Passport & Veterans Discount Days by traveling to different towns and villages throughout the county to make it convenient for families and Veterans to obtain their passports and discount cards.  

County Clerks are also agents for the New York State Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. Cayuga County has a full service DMV office where our friendly and dedicated staff can quickly and efficiently serve you. We value and appreciate your business. We encourage you to use your local office because the County keeps 12.7% of every transaction done in our office—either in person or if you mail it to us at 160 Genesee Street in Auburn. This helps to reduce your county tax levy. 

CLICK HERE to link to the Cayuga County DMV

Are you the family historian? Are you interested in your home’s history? We welcome you to use our County Historian’s Office as a resource for your historical digging and genealogy searches. As you know, Cayuga County has a very rich history. The County Historian’s Office is chock full of local resources to help you find the answers to your roots and ancestors.

The County Historian’s role is to communicate our past history to all in Cayuga County. Their mission is to organize, encourage, and foster the municipal historians and the historical societies in Cayuga County.  

Click Here to link to the County Historian