The City of Kingston, NY

    Welcome to the City of Kingston, NY

    Kingston, dating to the arrival of the Dutch in 1652, is a vibrant city with rich history and architecture, was the state's first capital, and a thriving arts community. City Hall is in the heart of the community at 420 Broadway, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except July & August (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).  Come tour our historic City, with restaurants that are among the region's finest, and local shopping that promises unique finds.

    Historic Churches

    Kingston is home to many historic churches. The oldest church still standing is the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Kingston which was organized in 1659. Referred to as The Old Dutch Church, it is located in Uptown Kingston. Many of the city's historic churches populate Wurts street (6 in one block) among them Hudson Valley Wedding Chapel is a recently restored church built in 1867 and now a chapel hosting weddings. Another church in the Rondout is located at 72 Spring Street. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1849. The original church building at the corner of Hunter Street and Ravine Street burned to the ground in the late 1850s. The current church on Spring Street was built in 1874.

    Kingston, NY

    Kingston became New York's first capital in 1777, and was burned by the British on October 13, 1777, after the Battles of Saratoga. In the 19th century, the city became an important transport hub after the discovery of natural cement in the region, and had both railroad and canal connections.

    Kingston, NY

    The town of Rondout, New York, now a part of the city of Kingston, became an important freight hub for the transportation of coal from Honesdale, Pennsylvania to New York City through the Delaware and Hudson Canal. This hub was later used to transport other goods, including bluestone. Kingston shaped and shipped most of the bluestone made to create the sidewalks of New York City.


    Contact Us

    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York

    (845) 331-0080
    [email protected]

    City Clerk/Registrar's Office

    Listing files in 'City Clerk Documents'

    The City Clerk/Registrar's Office has records of all births and deaths which have occurred within the City of Kingston, as well as marriage licenses obtained within the City of Kingston, dating back to July of 1881.

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                  ***SUMMER HOURS FOR THE CITY CLERK'S OFFICE IS JULY 1 - AUGUST 31  8:00 AM -4:00 PM***



    *Please Note: The City Clerk and Registrar's Office will process walk-in requests no later than 4:15PM. During the months of July and August, no later than 3:45PM.

    How to obtain a record: 

    Birth: You may apply in person during regular business hours; or send a letter stating name, date of birth, father's name, mother's maiden name, reason for request and relationship to the person whose record is requested *. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope, a photo copy of one of the IDs listed below and a $10 money order payable to City of Kingston. 

    You must present one form from the following list of acceptable IDs: 

    1. Valid Driver's license 
    2. Valid Non-Driver's License 
    3. Current Passport 
    4. Naturalization Papers 
    5. Military ID 
    6. Current Employer's Photo ID 
    7. One recent utility bill and one Government issued piece of mail showing applicants name and address (birth certificate must be mailed to listed address)
    8. Police report of lost or stolen ID

    *Please Note: Persons eligible to receive a copy of a birth certificate are the person themselves, a parent listed on the birth certificate or a guardian with a certified custody order.

    Death: You may apply in person during regular business hours; or write a letter stating the name of the deceased, date of death, reason for your request and your relationship to the person whose record is requested*.   Enclose a photocopy of proper ID as described above, a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a $10.00 money order payable to City of Kingston.

    *Please Note: Persons eligible to receive death certificates are the parents, siblings, spouse and children of the deceased.  All others must show documentation of a lawful right or claim. Proof of lawful right or claim would consist of an official letter verifying that in order to process a lawful document or claim, they require a copy of the requested death record.

    Marriage Licenses are issued Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 3:30 pm.  The cost is $40 payable in cash or money order. To apply, both individuals must be present and each must bring: an original or certified birth certificate (hospital birth certificates and photo copies are not acceptable), as well as a valid driver's license, passport or non-driver ID card and social security number. If there have been any prior marriages, divorce papers and/or death certificates must be provided for each and every previous marriage. Please note: there is a 24-hour waiting period before the license may be legally used, and it expires after 60 days. **MARRIAGE LICENSES ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY** 

           ***Marriage License Fee is waived for all ACTIVE military***

    To obtain a license as a One Day Marriage Officiant please see application link below



    Certified Copies of Marriage Record are $10 cash or money order (if originally registered in Kingston City Clerk's Office). Requests by mail must be made in a letter and include: name of groom, maiden name of bride, date of original marriage, reason for request, a copy of acceptable photo ID (as described above) and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Only the parties of the marriage are eligible to receive a copy of their marriage record.

    Genealogical Research

    Uncertified copies or abstracts from records of birth, death, and marriage may be provided for genealogical research purposes subject to the restrictions specified in this summary. All requests must be submitted in writing and include the record you are seeking, name of the individual(s), date of event (birth, death, marriage), reason for your request and your relationship to the person whose record is requested, if any.   Enclose a photocopy of proper ID as described above, a self-addressed, stamped envelope and the applicable money order payable to City of Kingston.

    The applicant shall be required to pay the specified fee for the time spent for the search and uncertified copy of notification of no record, as outlined below.

    Genealogy Fee Schedule

    Fee schedule per one spelling of name. Fee varies depending on requested number of years to be searched, as follows: 

    1-3 Years $22.00 
    4-10 Years $42.00  
    11-20 Years $62.00 
    21-30 Years $82.00 
    31-40 Years $102.00 
    41-50 Years $122.00 
    51-60 Years $142.00 
    61-70 Years $162.00 
    Etc… +$20.00 increments

    The following provisions apply, as mandated by the New York State Health Department:

    a. No information shall be released from a record of birth which has been placed in a confidential file pursuant to Public Health Law Section 4138. 

    b. No information shall be released from a record of birth unless the record has been on file for at least 75 years and the person to whom the record relates is known to the applicant to be deceased. 

    c. No information shall be released from a record of death unless the record has been on file for at least 50 years.

    d. No information shall be released from a record of marriage unless the record has been on file for at least 50 years and the parties to the marriage are known to the applicant to be deceased. 

    e. The time periods specified in (3B), (3C) and (3D) are waived if the applicant is a descendant or has been designated to act on behalf of a descendant of the person whose record is being requested. A descendant is a person in the direct line of descent. The applicant shall provide documentation of descendancy prior to the release of information in those instances where a waiver of the waiting period is requested. A party acting on behalf of a descendant shall further provide documentation that the descendant authorized the party to make such application. 

    f. All uncertified copies, abstracts, or information issued for genealogical research purposes shall be clearly marked with the statement "For Genealogical Purposes Only."


    Dog Licenses are $18.00 for unspayed/unneutered dogs, $9.00 for spayed/neutered dogs. Copy of current rabies certificate is required as well as copy of spay/neuter certificate, where applicable.

    Bingo and Games of Chance Licenses (application required) Call 845-334-3919 for details.

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    Contact Information

    City Hall - City Clerk/Registrar's Office
    420 Broadway 
    Kingston, NY 12401 

    Sept - Jun 8:30 am - 4:30 pm M-F

    Jul & Aug 9:00 am - 4:00 pm M-F

    City Clerk/Registrar
    Elisa Tinti

    Phone: (845) 334-3915 
    Fax: (845) 334-3918