Town of Westville

Franklin County, New York 
    

Frequently Asked Questions

The Town Clerk's office is responsible for the upkeep of all of the Town's records. The Town Clerk issues Dog Licenses, Marriage Licenses, Death Certificates, Birth Certificates and certified copies of each. The Town Clerk also keeps on file all Burial Records. The Town Clerk is responsible for recording the minutes for each Town Board meeting.


Registrar

Certified copies of Marriage Licenses, Death Certificates and Birth Certificates are available for a $10 fee per copy.


Marriage Record

Genealogy copies (uncertified copies) of the following types of records are available for genealogy research purposes:


Marriage certificates - if on file for at least 50 years and the couple are both known to be deceased.


Marriage License

A couple who intends to be married in New York State must apply in person for a marriage license. The application for a license must be signed by both parties in the presence of the clerk. A representative cannot apply for the license on behalf of the couple.

When should we get our license?

Although the marriage license is issued immediately, the marriage ceremony may not take place within 24 hours from the exact time that the license was issued. A marriage license is valid for 60 days, beginning the day after it is issued.


How much does the license cost?

The marriage license costs $40 and can be paid by check or cash. This fee includes the issuance of a Certificate of Marriage Registration. Additional Certificate of Marriage can be obtained by this office for $10 per copy.


What do we need to bring?

A Birth Certificate, Baptismal record, or Naturalization record and a Driver's license, Passport, Employment ID, or Immigration record must be provided to obtain a marriage license. Divorce papers or death certificates are also needed, if applicable.


Dog Licenses

Dogs in the Town of Westville must be licensed with the Town Clerk (358-0026). Current Rabies Certificate is required. Licenses must be renewed annually; $10 for spayed/neutered and $25 unaltered dogs.


Please bring the following documentation:

  • If the dog is spayed or neutered - a certificate from a licensed veterinarian showing that the dog has been spayed or neutered, unless this proof is already on file with the Town Clerk.


  • ALL dogs four months or older must have proof of a rabies vaccination signed by a licensed veterinarian.


  • Checks payable to the Town of Westville for the appropriate license fee.


The license will be validated for one year, and renewals will be mailed to the owner.


Handicap Vehicle Tag

Handicap tags belong to the person and not the vehicle. Therefore, the tag can be moved from vehicle to vehicle. Only one tag can be issued per person.


The website below is a direct link to the Department of Motor Vehicles application for a handicap tag. Applications are also available in the Town Clerk's Office.


The form must be completed by a physician and a valid driver’s license is required.


http://www.dmv.ny.gov/forms/mv6641.pdf


Notary Public -- Fees

Oath of Affirmation                                    $2.00

Acknowledgment                                        $2.00

Proof of Execution                                     $2.00

Swearing Witness                                       $2.00

Protest of Note, Commercial Paper, etc.      $0.75

Each additional Notice of Protest (limit 5)    $0.10 each


Cemetery Plots

Cemetery Easements may be purchased from the Town Clerk for any of the Town Cemeteries at the cost of $200.00 per plot.


Freedom of Information Law -- http://www.dos.ny.gov/coog/Right_to_know.html


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