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.

You must contact the City Clerk online to request an appointment.

Contact 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.


Examinations in Manhattan are administered Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

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 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) for help.

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