Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert

All City Clerk offices are currently closed and are not providing in person services. You can contact the City Clerk online or by phone.


Contact the City Clerk's Office.

By Phone

(212) 669-8898

A Commissioner of Deeds is a public officer similar to a Notary Public who performs official functions in the City. A Commissioner of Deeds may give oaths and take acknowledgments or proofs of deeds and other documents.

To register as a Commissioner of Deeds, you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States or a legal resident alien
  • A resident of the City of New York  
  • At least 18 years of age

All first-time applicants must take an examination administered by the Office of the City Clerk.

Learn more about becoming a Commissioner of Deeds.

You can get an application in person at any City Clerk location. You can also request an application over the phone through the Office of The City Clerk.


You do not need an appointment if you choose to take the exam in the Manhattan City Clerk's Office. Examinations in Manhattan are administered Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

If you choose to take the exam in a City Clerk Office in any other borough, you must first make an appointment with the City Clerk Office in that borough. Examinations in all other boroughs are administered on Tuesdays and Thursdays only, from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

Further Assistance

You can get more information and request an application by phone.

Call 311 for assistance.