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Schenectady County Clerk

Schenectady County Clerk Cara M. Ackerley
Schenectady County Clerk Cara M. Ackerley at a Naturalization Ceremony at Freedom Park. Cara delivered the Oath of Allegiance to applicants during the event.

Effective immediately: the Schenectady County Clerk’s Office is open as follows:

  • Recording Office & Records room: no appointment required
  • Pistol Permits: appointment required, please schedule here:
  • Schenectady DMV: appointment required on Mondays and Fridays;
    • Schenectady County DMV is located at 2025 State Street, Schenectady


Notary Update 2023


Dear Schenectady County Resident:

The Office of County Clerk serves almost every citizen of Schenectady County, and although the office doesn't often make headlines, it touches and affects your life in many ways. County Clerks wear many different hats; Clerk of the Supreme and County Courts; Register of Deeds; County Commissioner of Motor Vehicles; County Filing Officer; Chief Notary and elected County Officer. We provide services that involve the Federal, State and Local government.

The Office of County Clerk is one that is steeped in history and tradition and yet, an office prepared to face the future challenges of government. Established by the New York State Constitution, its heritage dates back to medieval England. The Clerk was appointed by the King to travel with the circuit judge. The Clerk was responsible for maintaining court files, documenting land transactions, and representing the crown at local occasions. Over 850 years has passed and the clerk is still responsible for land and court records along with a wide array of duties ranging from recording deeds to swearing in new American citizens.

My goal is to provide responsive service to the people of Schenectady County. If you have any suggestions or comments, or if I may be of personal assistance, please do not hesitate to call me at (518) 388-4220 or email

I'd also like to remind our DMV customers that you can process many transactions 24/7 at -- and skip the trip to the DMV!

Thank you for visiting our webpage.

Cara M. Ackerley, Schenectady County Clerk