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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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(SCAR) petition

How do I file a Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR) Petition?

SCAR stands for "Small Claims Assessment Review" and refers to the process which allows owner-occupants of residential property to file a court case to challenge a tax assessment.  This can only be done after a property tax assessment grievance has been turned down by the local Board of Assessment review. If you have not already filed with a local Board of Assessment Review, please check with your local tax assessor to learn the dates by which your grievance must be filed on the local level.

The SCAR process is an alternative appeal process for residential property to a formal Tax Certiorari proceeding and provides for review before a Hearing Officer in an informal setting.  Your SCAR petition must be filed within 30 days of the filing of the final assessment roll in your community.  Each community may have a different assessment roll date, so please be sure to confirm the date with the municipality in which the property is located.  If the petition is filed more than 30 days after the filing of the assessment roll, your petition may be dismissed.

If you are Homeowner filing on your own behalf:

Complete and sign a Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR) Petition. You can fill it in online and print it to affix your signature.  Instructions for completing the petition.

Visit www.nycourts.gov/efile and click CREATE ACCOUNT to apply for your NYSCEF user ID. You can click the link for Unrepresented Litigants for instructions for non-attorneys on creating an account and using NYSCEF. Complete the online application and then log into NYSCEF using your User ID and Password.

  • In NYSCEF, go to “Start a New Case”
  • Select “Westchester County Supreme Court” as the court.
  • Select “Small Claims Assessment Review” as the case type.
  • Input party names. The homeowner is the Plaintiff/Petitioner. The municipality in which the taxes are being grieved is  the Defendant/Respondent, which will be typed into the “Business/Organization Name” field. (for example: “White Plains City of” or “Yonkers City of”
  • Select “SCAR Petition” as the commencement document and attach the pdf of the petition that you have filled out and signed.
  • You will pay your $30.00 filing fee online via credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express).

After filing your Petition in NYSCEF:

  • County Clerk staff will review your Petition to ensure that it is complete and assign your Petition an Index Number. You will receive an e-mail notification that your Index Number has been assigned (generally within a few hours after submission during business hours) and you will be able to access a File Stamped copy of your SCAR Petition immediately in NYSCEF.
  • Within ten days after filing your Petition in the NYSCEF site, you must deliver copies of your petition in accordance with Real Property Tax Law § 730.  For further details, please see the Unified Court System's Small Claims Assessment Review General Information and Filing Requirements (UCS 900).

PLEASE NOTE:

If you are an Authorized Agent filing on behalf of multiple homeowners:

Ensure that you have a complete and fully executed Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR) Petition for each homeowner/property.

Complete the application for your NYSCEF Filing Agent user ID.

You may fax your completed form to the E-filing resource Center at (212) 401-9146. You may also e-mail your completed application to the E-filing resource Center at

Once the application process is complete and you have obtained your NYSCEF Filing Agent ID you may proceed. There may be a 24-48 hour processing period.

  • In NYSCEF, go to “Start a New Case” 
  • Select "Westchester County Supreme Court" as your court.
  • Under the "Real Property" section, select “Other Real Property” and "SCAR" as the case type.
  • Input petitioner names. The homeowner is the Plaintiff/Petitioner. The municipality is the Defendant/Respondent, which you can select from the drop-down menu.
  • Select “SCAR Petition” as the commencement document and attach the pdf of the petition that you have filled out and signed.
  • You will pay your $30.00 filing fee online via credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express). The Westchester County Clerk has also implemented ACH Debit Accounts as another payment option

After filing your Petition in NYSCEF:

  • County Clerk staff will review your Petition to ensure that it is complete and assign your Petition an Index Number. You will receive an e-mail notification that your Index Number has been assigned (generally within a few hours after submission during business hours) and you will be able to access a File Stamped copy of your SCAR Petition immediately in NYSCEF.
  • Within ten days after filing your Petition in the NYSCEF site, you must deliver copies of your petition in accordance with Real Property Tax Law § 730.  For further details, please see the Unified Court System's Small Claims Assessment Review General Information and Filing Requirements (UCS 900).

Questions? Call (914)995-3070 or email .

How can I obtain a copy of a criminal disposition?

If the conviction occurred in the Westchester County Court, you may come into the Westchester County Clerk’s Office personally or you can submit a request via mail. If you are submitting a request through the mail, please provide the name of the Defendant and the approximate date the action took place. The fee for a certified copy of the Sentence & Commitment (“Certificate of Disposition”) is $5.00. If you are submitting your request by mail, please include a check or money order payable to the “Westchester County Clerk”. An additional $5.00 search fee will apply if you do not know the Indictment Number and are submitting the request by mail.

Please note that some criminal records are sealed by the New York State Criminal Procedure Law, Civil Rights Law, or any other applicable statutes and access may be limited or denied.

You may also contact the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services for information on obtaining a criminal history record (“RAP sheet”).

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

How can I register a Domestic Partnership?

Registering a Domestic Partnership may allow you and your partner to qualify for family discounts, employee benefits, health benefits, and may open the door to legal benefits previously difficult or impossible to obtain for unmarried couples in close, committed relationships. 

The Office of the Westchester County Clerk can assist you in registering your Domestic Partnership. You will need to (1) Establish that you are eligible to register; (2) Complete an Affidavit of Domestic Partnership Registration; and (3) file your affidavit and fee in the Office of the Westchester County Clerk. Details on each step follow, but if you still have a question, please call our Legal Division staff at (914)995-3070 or email .

To be eligible to register as Domestic Partners in Westchester County:
(1) The partners must reside in the County of Westchester, or one partner must be employed by the County of Westchester.  (2) Each partner must be eighteen years of age or older, unmarried and competent to enter into a contract.  (3) The partners must not be related by blood in a manner that would bar marriage under the laws of the State of New York.  (4) The partners must share a common household.  (5) The partners must be in a close and committed, financially interdependent personal relationship and intend to remain in the relationship.  (6) The partners must be each other's sole domestic partner, have no other domestic partner and intend to remain each other's sole domestic partner.  (7) Neither partner can have had a termination of a domestic partnership become effective within the last sixty calendar days.  (8) The partners must agree to file a termination statement in the event that the domestic partnership is terminated.

The Affidavit of Domestic Partnership Registration:
Complete the Affidavit of Domestic Partnership Registration or pick one up in the Legal Division of the County Clerk's office at 110 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Room 330, White Plains, NY 10601. When filling out the affidavit, please be sure the names of both partners and their home address are clearly printed. Both partners must sign the affidavit and the signatures of each partner must be notarized. If eligibility to register is based on employment by the County of Westchester, the name of the county department in which one partner is employed must be clearly stated.

To file your Affidavit in the Office of the Westchester County Clerk:
If you are filing in person, a staff member is available to serve as Notary Public as long as you provide valid identification.  If you are filing by mail, please be sure the Affidavit of Domestic Partnership Registration has been properly completed and notarized.  In addition, please include as self-addressed stamped envelope.  There is a $35.00 filing fee payable by cash, certified check or money order payable to the "Westchester County Clerk".  In addition, if you are filing in person, payment may be made by American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa.  You will receive two certified copies of the affidavit submitted, along with a Certificate of Domestic Partnership.  Our office is located at 110 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Room 330 in White Plains and 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. 

To Terminate a Domestic Partnership:
If your Domestic Partnership comes to an end, you are required to file a Termination Statement in the Office of the Westchester County Clerk.  Once completed, the Termination Statement can be filed in person or by mail.  If you are filing in person, a staff member is available to serve as a Notary Public as long as you can provide valid identification.  If you are filing by mail, please be sure the Termination Statement has been properly completed and notarized.  In addition, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope so that we can return a certified copy to you.  The fee to file your Termination Statement is $35.00.  Payments can be made using cash, certified check or money order payable to the "Westchester County Clerk".  In addition, if you are filing in person, payment may be made by American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa.  Our office is located at 110 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Room 330 in White Plains and can be reached by entering through the Richard J. Daronco Courthouse entrance. The office is open Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

How can I obtain a copy of my divorce decree?

In order to obtain a copy of a divorce decree, you may come in person to the Office of the Westchester County Clerk, Legal Division with proper identification such as a valid driver's license or passport. You must be a party to the action or the attorney of record in order to access a divorce file. If you are not a party or the attorney of record, you must obtain a notarized release from one of the parties to the action. The fee for a certified copy of the divorce decree is $1.25 per page with a minimum fee of $5.00, and a maximum fee of $40.00. This can be paid in cash, by check or money order, or by American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa.  If you wish to mail your request, please enclose a check payable to the "Westchester County Clerk"  and indicate “Not to exceed $40.00” under the line that you leave blank for the amount in words.  If you do not know the Index Number of the case, there will be an additional $5.00 fee incorporated for the search.  We do not accept cash or credit card payments by mail. Your request should be in the form of a letter which has your signature notarized and includes the names of both parties and the approximate date of divorce. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your request. Our office will mail the documents that you requested as well as a receipt for the certification and copying charge.

Questions?  Call us at (914)995-3071 or email 

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Visiting Our Office?

Enter through the courthouse and proceed to the third floor.

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