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Frequently Asked Questions

-Living in Montgomery County

Absentee ballot

An absentee ballot is a ballot submitted (as by mail) in advance of an election by a voter who is unable to be present at the polls.

To request an absentee ballot please visit the Board of Elections Absentee Voting Page

Anonymous Crime Tips

You can submit an anonymous tip about crime activity to the Sheriff's office at this webpage.

Is my tip submission really anonymous?
Unless you provide it, there is no way for us to get your name, email address, or contact information when you submit information.

When you visit a web page on our site your IP address is recorded. Under some circumstances this will uniquely identify your computer. Although your IP address is not submitted to the Sheriff, it might be possible to correlate a given tip to a given IP address. See the next question.

How can I submit a tip and remain truly anonymous?
Use an anonymizing proxy. If you browse to our website via a proxy it will be the proxy's IP address that is recorded, and it will be virtually impossible to identify your computer.

The subject of anonymizing proxies is beyond the scope of this page. However we offer the following resource: click this link to browse Google for anonymous proxies.

You could also submit your tip from a public access computer that has internet access, such as one at the library.

See also: Sheriff's Office

Certificate of Residency

Certificates of Residency are issued by the Treasurer's Office. Please click here for the website.

You may download the Certificate here (PDF document). Please bring the completed certificate to the Treasurer's Office.

Civil Service Tests

Civil Service Tests are conducted by the Human Resources Department.

Click here to view upcoming exams.

Click here for employment opportunities.

Committee Meetings

Legislative Committee assignments and schedules are listed on the Legislature Site.

Please click here for Committee assignments and meetings dates and times.

Please click here for Committee Meeting Agendas and Minutes.

Contact Information

Click here for the Contact Us Page.

Contact Information can be also be found on each Department's site, or in the County Directory (PDF)


The County Directory and list of departments can be found here.

District Maps

Legislative District Maps and Municipal/Election District Maps can be found here.

DMV Approved Point and Insurance Reduction

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  • Online Defensive Driving Course
  • 10% Car Insurance Discount
  • Up to 4 Points Reduced On Your License
  • No Test or Exam
  • Special Reduced Pricing ($25) for Montgomery County Residents

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Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities can be found on the Personnel web page.

Click here to view current job openings.

Click here for application information and upcoming exams.

FOIL Requests

Freedom of Information Law

New York State law provides for public access to most government records. More information can be found on the New York State Department of State website*.

Montgomery County FOIL requests should be made to the County Clerk. Please visit the County Clerk webpage for hours and contact information.

Hazard Mitigation

The Hazard Mitigation Plan identifies projects that can reduce damages from future natural hazards. The Plan includes a risk assessment and hazard mitigation strategy.

For more information, and to see the Plan, please click here.

See also: Emergency Management Office

History & Genealogy

The Department of History and Archives has an extensive library of local history including genealogy material.

Other History & Heritage links are available here.

Image Mate Online

Look up property information including owner, tax information, owner history, comparables, property inventory. Also provides links to aerial imagery, tax maps, third party maps such as Google and Yahoo. Please click here.

Legislative Agendas, Packets, Resolutions, & Minutes

Agendas, Resolutions, and Minutes from Legislature meetings can be viewed at the Government Proceedings page.

See also: Committee Meetings, Meeting Videos

Local Laws

For local laws from 2004-present, please search here.

Historic local laws are available here.

Max Bus Service

The Montgomery Area Xpress bus service provides transportation along the main east-west corridor with connecting service to other bus systems.

Visit the Montgomery Area Xpress (MAX) Bus Service Site for more information and schedules.

Parcel Data and Maps

Look up property information including owner, tax information, owner history, comparables, property inventory. Also provides links to aerial imagery, tax maps, third party maps such as Google and Yahoo. Please click here.


Passports can be acquired at the County Clerk's office. Please visit the County Clerk webpage for hours and contact information.


The following Permits are available from the County.

From the Civil Office:

  • Pistol Permit

From the Department of Public Works:

  • Miscellaneous Structures
  • Telephone-Fiber Optics
  • Water Main, Sewer Main, Gas Main
  • Driveway
  • Electric Light or Power Line
  • Special Hauling

From the Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Driver's License
  • Enhanced Driver's License
  • Learner's Permit (Car, Motorcycle, CDL)
  • Non-driver ID Card
  • Enhanced Non-driver ID Card

Building Permits are issued by Towns, Villages or Cities. You can find links to Town, Village and City information here.

Property Tax

Property Tax rolls and Assessment rolls can be found on the Real Property website.

Tax bills can be viewed online on the Real Property Site.

Note, you should not rely on the Tax roll for your actual tax amount. For your current tax amount please contact the Treasurer's Office.

Tax maps can be aquired from the Real Property Department.

Public Defender

If you need a Public Defender please contact the Public Defender's Office.

Reschedule a court date

To schedule a new court date please contact the court in question directly. There is no web interface for this.

Click here for court information.

Sales Tax

The current Sales Tax rate in Montgomery County is 8%.

Tax Maps

Property Tax Maps can be aquired from the Real Property Tax Department.

Voting and Elections

To learn about voting in Montgomery County please visit the Board of Elections site.

Waterfront Revitalization Program

Zoning Law

Zoning and Code Enforcement is done at the Town, Village or City level. Click here for links to Town, Village and City information

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