Commissioner of Deeds

*Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and declared State of Emergency in the City of Rochester, along with guidance from the Monroe County Department of Health, the Rochester City Clerk’s Licensing Office, Room 100A, will be reopening from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday for some of the licenses it processes for walk-in service only.  We appreciate your patience.

*For a list of services, please click on the following link:

COVID-19 Clerk’sLicensing Office List of Services 


The commissions are generally obtained to witness signatures on official documents, such as election designation petitions. The City Clerk's Office can only issue commissions to persons who live or work in the City of Rochester and are residents of Monroe County. Applicants must also register with the Monroe County Clerk's Office, 39 West Main Street.


$30; $20 fee at City Clerk's Office payable to the "City of Rochester," an additional $10 fee at Monroe County Clerk's Office. The commission expires two years from the date of issuance.

A Government issued photo ID with current address and verification of employment for non-city residents must be provided.

Download a Commissioner of Deeds Application.


For additional information, please feel free to call (585) 428-6617 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.