County Clerk

Responsibilities and Services

County Clerks in New York State have varied duties. All sixty-two (62) Clerks are clerks of their respective Supreme Courts and County courts (although since the 1977 takeover of most local courts by the State of New York, the county Clerk's role is primarily that of record-keeper). Outside of New York City's five counties, all County Clerks are elected for a four year term and are also the land records recorders for their respective counties. 

Fifty-one (51) of sixty-two (62) County Clerks also operate local offices for motor vehicle registrations and related work as agents of the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles. County Clerks in the many smaller counties are also Commissioners of Jurors in their counties, and other possible County Clerk Duties range from Records Management and Public Information to Pistol Permit issuance and Passport Application acceptance. 

Contact US: 
Jake Moser, County Clerk
JoAnn Walters, Deputy County Clerk


Lewis County Court House
7660 N. State Street
Lowville, NY 13367

Phone:  315-376-5333

Fax:  315-376-3768


Hours of Operation: 

  • Clerks Office: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Pistol Licenses: Processed between 9:00 am and 3:30 PM
  • Passport Applications: Processed between 9:00 am and 3:30 pm
  • DMV: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30pm (Computer Hours End at 3:30)

Fee Schedule

Additional Recording Fee

Subdivision Approval Form

Official Designated Newspaper for Publication

Steps to Record a Deed

Lewis County DMV Hours

Lewis County Clerk Records - Online Access   

New York State Department of Motor Vehicles

Real Property Transfer Report 
The  RP-5217-PDF  is a web-based downloadable, barcoded, pdf document. (It replaces the RP-5217 paper form which contains one original and three carbonless copies.) Form preparers will enter the appropriate information into the form and should save the document to their PC until the transfer has been completed and the deed filed with the County Clerk.