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Westchester County Clerk Initiates Program To Alert Municipalities to Foreclosures

Idoni Seeks to Avoid Zombie Homes and Other Nuisances

County Clerk Tim Idoni has initiated a program to alert Westchester municipalities that a foreclosure proceeding has been commenced by a lending institution against a local property owner. Foreclosed properties are quite often abandoned or kept in disrepair during the process, harming the local neighborhood, or ignored by the bank or financial institution filing the foreclosure.

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You May Obtain A Personal Identification Card From The County Clerk

Westchester County Residents Are Eligible

If you are a Westchester County resident and are in need of a personal identification card, you may apply in person at the Westchester County Clerk’s Licensing Office, 110 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Room 340 in White Plains, New York. The office is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Fridays excluding holidays.

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Idoni Honored as New York's County Clerk of the Year

County Clerk Wins Two State Awards

Westchester County Clerk Tim Idoni was honored by his peers with two prestigious awards on June 12, 2017 at the New York State Association of County Clerks (NYSACC) conference held in Lake Placid, New York. Idoni, currently serving in his twelfth year as the county’s recorder of land records and Clerk of the Supreme and County Courts, was hailed for his leadership in professional management processes, legislative advocacy and twenty-first century technological advancements. These are the ninth and tenth awards won since 2010, primarily for technological leadership and fiscal efficiency through systems that can be duplicated in counties all over the country.

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Tutorials Available on County Clerk's YouTube Channel

Westchester County Clerk's YouTube Channel Features Tutorials on Using Our WRO and PREP Systems

The Westchester County Clerk’s YouTube Channel features eight tutorial videos on using Westchester Records Online (WRO) to search for land and legal records and using the Property Records Electronic Portal (PREP) to record land records in Westchester County.

Tutorials for WRO and PREP include:

WRO PREP
Searching Maps The Basics of Using PREP
Basics of Searching Land Records Entering a Deed in PREP
Basics of Searching Legal Records Entering a Mortgage in PREP
Viewing Images as a Registered User Entering a Satisfaction in PREP

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Search Documents on Westchester Records Online

Search thousands of Westchester County Clerk records right from your home or office through our online portal, Westchester Records Online (WRO), by clicking the "Records Online" button on the left. You can find records ranging from 18th century deeds to judgments entered in our Legal Division last week to subdivision maps and atlases spanning the entire history of Westchester County. There is a fee to view images of documents (to offset the cost of scanning these documents), but quite a bit of data about a document is available free of charge. Click on "Records Online" and follow the instructions on the screen to get started. Sensitive documents such as matrimonial judgments or other sealed documents are not available online and require you to visit our office in White Plains and show proper identification. For more information, call 914-995-3080.

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court houseWelcome to the Legal Division of the Office of the Westchester County Clerk. The Westchester County Clerk serves as the Clerk for the Supreme and County Courts. All records for these courts are filed with the Legal Division. This division is also responsible for non-court related legal functions such as registering a business, filing a lien, applying to serve as a Notary Public, registering a domestic partnership, filing veterans' military discharge papers, and accepting Small Claims Assessment Review petitions. The public can visit the Legal Division to look up legal records, judgments, liens, lis pendens, and other business records.

 

New York State Unified Court System

Ninth Judicial District

New York State Consumer Protection Board

New York State Department of Taxation and Finance:
For information on collecting New York State sales tax

Internal Revenue Service:
For information on obtaining a federal identification number

New York State Department of State Division of Corporations:
For information on forming a corporation

Am I able to search judgments and liens in the Office of the Westchester County Clerk?

Monetary judgments, mechanic's liens, broker's liens and notices of pendency can be searched in our White Plains office or at Westchester Records Online. As required by New York State Law, judgments and liens are permanent records accessible by the public. As these documents and filings are indexed by name, you must know and search by a debtor's last name.  Each judgment or lien entry will contain information about the original filing as well as any subsequent filings such as satisfactions and renewals.  Note that judgments are enforceable against real property for ten years and twenty years against personal property.

In addition, to searching our general index, weekly reports detailing the latest judgments and liens are available for purchase online in the Office of the Westchester County Clerk. Transcribed judgments from other New York State counties, Foreign Judgments and New York State Tax Warrants filed in our office are included.  A separate section of the report contains Declaratory Judgments as issued by the court.  Please feel free to review a Sample Report to become familiar with what information will be provided to you if you subscribe. Enrolling in our Subscription Services allows a registered user to view cumulative weekly reports as well as weekly updated reports containing the latest filings from their personal computer for an annual fee of $750.00. However, if you are not enrolled in our Subscription Services, you can still obtain a copy of weekly judgment and lien reports for a fee of $30.00 per weekly printout. 

To obtain the weekly report, please visit Westchester Records Online, or visit our office, located at 110 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Room 330 in White Plains which can be reached by entering through the Richard J. Daronco Courthouse.  The office is open Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.  If you would prefer to request the report by mail, please be sure to include a check or money order payable to the "Westchester County Clerk" in the amount of $30.00 per weekly list as credit cards and cash are not accepted via mail.  Please also include a self-addressed stamped envelope in which your list can be returned. 

Questions?  Call us at (914)995-3070 or email

Trying to avoid foreclosure? Seek help from a reputable counseling agency

As foreclosure increases in Westchester County follow national trends, County Clerk Timothy C. Idoni urges Westchester residents who may be at risk of having their properties foreclosed, to seek counseling from a reputable counseling agency.  Residents who have received warning letters from their bank or lender, or who have fallen behind on their payments, should contact the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to obtain the name of a reputable counseling agency. A list of agencies can be obtained from the HUD website or by calling 1-800-569-4287. If a foreclosure action has been brought against you, beware of foreclosure rescue scams.  Making a bad situation worse can be avoided by relying on a reputable counseling agency or a trusted attorney to guide you through the process.  Residents who meet low income guidelines may qualify for free legal services and should visit LawHelp for more details.

The commencement of a foreclosure action does not mean that a Westchester home will be lost to foreclosure.  Filing a foreclosure action in the Westchester County Clerk’s office is the first step of a process which could result in the loss of a home or building.  If a foreclosure is granted, the home or building is sold at a foreclosure auction and the proceeds of sale are used to pay off the loan.  Many homeowners enter into a repayment plan, secure a modified loan, refinance with another lender or sell their home on their own to avoid foreclosure.

The Westchester County Clerk is the Clerk for the Supreme Court where foreclosure actions are heard.  Foreclosure actions are filed in our Legal Division.  The public can visit the Legal Division located at 110 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in White Plains between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays to look up legal records, judgments, liens, lis pendens, and other business records. As of December 1st the office will close at 5 p.m.

The Office of the Westchester County Clerk provides weekly foreclosure lists which contain data from recently commenced actions including mortgagor, mortgagee, property location and a reference to the pending court action. Please feel free to view a Sample Report to become familiar with what information can be provided to you. Further examination of pending court cases can be conducted either in person or via the online search feature of the County Clerk website. Enrolling in our Subscription Services allows a registered user to view cumulative weekly reports as well as weekly updated reports containing the latest court filings from ones personal computer for an annual fee of $480.00. However, if you are not enrolled in our Subscription Services, you can still obtain a copy of weekly foreclosure reports for a fee of $20.00 per weekly printout. To obtain the weekly foreclosure list, please visit Westchester Records Online or our office located at 110 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Room 330 in White Plains which can be reached by entering through the Richard J. Daronco Courthouse. The office is open Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.  If you would prefer to request a foreclosure list by mail, please be sure to include a check or money order payable to the "Westchester County Clerk" in the amount of $20.00 per weekly list as credit cards and cash are not accepted via mail. Please also include a self-addressed stamped envelope in which your list can be returned.

Questions?  Call us at (914)995-3070 or email

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Richard J. Daronco Courthouse
111 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
White Plains, NY 10601

Hours: Mon - Fri, 8am - 5pm
Passport Hours: 8am - 4:30pm
Closed on official holidays.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, December 25

Christmas Day

Office Closed
Office will reopen on Wednesday, December 26th at 8am


 

Tuesday, January 1

New Year's Day

Office Closed
Office will reopen on Wednesday, January 2nd at 8am