City Chamberlain

Welcome to the Office of the Chamberlain & Vital Statistics! 

The City of Poughkeepsie Office of the Chamberlain (City Clerk) provides quality services to meet the needs of City residents and business owners in an effective, efficient and timely manner.  The Clerk’s Office is the official keeper of City records, including birth, marriage, death, local laws, ordinances, City of Poughkeepsie Common Council actions and more.

Schedule Your Visit

To schedule an appointment, please visit our Appointment Scheduling page.

Birth, Marriage, Death Certificates

The Office of the City Chamberlain provides administrative services to the citizens of the City of Poughkeepsie. 

In order to process your request for birth/marriage/death certificates, please visit our Forms & Applications page. Print the application of the document you are requesting and return the completed form to the Chamberlain’s office;

  • Email: City Chamberlain
  • Mail or Drop Off:
    • Attn: City Chamberlain’s Office
      62 Civic Center Plaza
      Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
  • Fax: 845-451-4239

Marriage Licenses are processed by appointment only. Please call at 845-451-4225 or email our Marriage Officer to schedule an appointment available Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 3:45 pm. 

For more information, please see our FAQ page

Helpful Resources

Contact the Office of Vital Statistics for information about:

  • Birth Amendments
  • Birth Certificates
  • Burial Permits for Funeral Homes
  • Death Amendments
  • Death Certificates
  • Genealogical Searches for Birth, Death, and Marriage Records
  • New Births
  • Paternity Acknowledgments


If you don't have access to email or fax, please place your completed application in an envelope addressed to Vital Records along with a copy of your driver's license, a money order for $10 (per requested copy) and a self-addressed stamped envelope in the drop box near the Police Station.

Taxi Ordinance & Vehicle for Hire - Adopted Amendments

Adopted amendments to the Taxi Ordinance (PDF), including regulating "For Hire," also known as "Livery" vehicles to be licensed with the City and the Town of Poughkeepsie.

The City Chamberlain is the main switchboard for:

  • Amusement Permits
  • Auction Permits
  • Bell Jar Licenses
  • Bingo/Games of Chance/
  • Charter and Code updates
  • City Offices
  • City Official Appointments
  • Coin Machine Operator Permits
  • Dog Licenses
  • Dog Redemption
  • File Local Laws with State Secretary
  • Freedom of Information Requests
  • Going Out of Business Sale Permits
  • Handicap Permits
  • Hawking/Peddling Permits
  • Liquor License requests
  • Marriage Affidavits/Licenses
  • Marriage Officer
  • Marriage Transcripts
  • Minutes of all meetings scheduled by the Common Council and Mayor
  • Notices of Claims
  • Pawn Broker Permits
  • Police Department Complaints
  • Reservations for Common Council Chambers
  • Sales of Documents (zoning book/map, draft plans, etc.)
  • Schedule various meetings and legal notices
  • Taxi Cab Driver Complaints
  • Taxi Cab Permits
  • Taxi Driver Licenses