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 acknowledgements 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.

Examinations

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.

Supreme Court Building
851 Grand Concourse, Room B131 (between East 158th and East 159th Street)
Bronx, NY 10451

Walk-in Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4 PM

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Municipal Building
210 Joralemon Street, 2nd Floor, Room 205 (between Court and Fulton Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Walk-in Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4 PM

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Municipal Building
141 Worth Street (between Centre Street and Hamill Place)
New York, NY 10013

Walk-in Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 3:45 PM

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Borough Hall Building 
120-55 Queens Boulevard, Ground Floor, Room G-100 (between 80 Road and 82 Avenue)
Kew Gardens, NY 11424

Walk-in Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4 PM

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Borough Hall Building
10 Richmond Terrace, 3rd Floor, Room 311 (between Bay Street and Bend)
Staten Island, NY 10301

Walk-in Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4 PM

Call 311 for assistance by phone.