Public Records & Information
The department is also responsible for the storage, maintenance and disposition of records pursuant to the New York State Archive’s “Records Retention and Disposition Schedule CO-2” and other applicable statutory requirements.
In addition, the Director of Public Information serves as the County Public Information Officer (PIO) and is responsible for releasing County records under Article 6 of the New York State Public Officers Law.
The Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) pertains to the public's right to gain access to government records. The Application for Access to Records (PDF) may be downloaded and mailed, emailed, or faxed, to the Director of Public Information or you can obtain a copy of this form at the 2nd floor reception desk at the Hazlett Building.
Please note: Birth and death certificates are not available through FOIL. Copies of birth and death certificates may be requested through the Office of Vital Records.
Marriage records are kept in the Clerk's Offices of the municipality where the original license was obtained (i.e., The City of Elmira). Direct any requests for divorce records to the Supreme Court in the county where the divorce was filed. For divorce records in Chemung County call 607-873-9450.
Please call (607)737-2837 or (607)737-2031 to schedule an appointment to review public records.