COVID-19 causes Dutchess County Clerk to stop public access

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POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess County Clerk Brad Kendall has announced that he will be closing his offices to the public starting on Monday due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Kendall’s office will continue to receive allowable court filings through the NYSCEF filing system. For more information on permissible filings please visit:

The Dutchess County Clerk will also continue to accept permissible court filings through the mail. For more information, please visit:

Land records are being accepted through the mail or via the electronic portal:

Title searching companies will be allowed to access the second-floor records room Monday through Friday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM for the sole purpose of title searching.

If you have questions, or an emergency, please call 845-486-2131.

All NYS Department of Motor Vehicle Offices and all Dutchess County Offices remain closed.

If you need to surrender license plates, please mail them to:

Dutchess County Clerk Bradford Kendall. Photo provided.


22 Market St

Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

When mailing license plates in, include $1 cash or check and a self-addressed stamped envelope so the clerk can send you the receipt. If you have more than 1 year left on the registration please indicate if you would like a refund or a credit for a future vehicle. Your plate surrender receipt will be dated based on the postmark.

If you have Dutchess County DMV questions please call 845-486-2384 between 9 AM and 4 PM Monday through Friday.

For future updates please check the website at