Emergency Operations

While the Erie County Clerk's Office and Auto Bureau operations are CLOSED to the Public certain services may be available. Please review the information below to learn about the limited services and eligibility requirements that maybe available to customers who meet the County Clerk's Office & Auto Bureau Emergency Operations Criteria.



Certain documents can be requested by mail. Click here for further details. 

Business Certificates can be filed by mail. Certified copies are needed for many business purposes including opening a business checking account.

Print the form found here, complete form, and have signature notarized.

Send the original form, $35.00 check payable to Erie County Clerk, and a self-addressed envelope to: 

Erie County Clerk, 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202. 

Two (2) certified copies of the filed business certificate will be returned.



New Vehicle Registrations & Registration Transfers ONLY are now available for ALL Erie County motorists using our Emergency Curbside Service. As in the beginning, Firstline WorkersEssential Staff or those who surrendered their license plates due to an Insurance Lapse will take priority. 

To find out if you qualify FILL OUT THIS FORM. You will be contacted by a representative once it is deemed your situation meets the criteria.

Submission of this form does NOT guarantee your transaction can or will be processed. 

License Plates may be surrendered inside the front vestibule of the Rath Building located at 95 Franklin Street where motorists can bring their plates, fill out the plate surrender envelope with the required information and simply drop it in the secure green mailbox. This service will be available Monday through Friday from 8:30 am- 4:30 pm. Customers should bring their own pen in order to fill out the envelope.

Read more here: https://www2.erie.gov/clerk/index.php?q=press/kearns-modifies-process-license-plate-surrenders



A firearm may be added or removed via MAIL by following instructions here: https://www2.erie.gov/clerk/index.php?q=adding-removing-firearm-mail



Only documents submitted by "e-Record", USPS, FEDEX, or UPS can be recorded.

Please send to the following address:

Erie County Clerk's Office
92 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
Attn: Land Records