Licenses & Permits
ACCESS TO PUBLIC RECORDS / FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
Citizens have a right to know how their government operates.
Everyone has rights of access to records reflective of
governmental decisions and policies that affect the lives of
every New Yorker. All records are accessible, except records
that fall within one of nine categories of deniable records.
Staff of the Town Clerk′s Office are the Records Access
To request a Town document(s), provide a completed ″Request
for Access to Public Records Form
″ to the Town Clerk′s
- ** Due to unforeseen
circumstances, the Goshen Town Clerk’s office will NOT be
issuing Marriage Licenses until further notice. You may check
with ANY CITY OR TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE IN NEW YORK STATE TO
OBTAIN AN MARRIAGE LICENSE. We apologize for any inconvenience
this may have caused you. **
* Marriage License Fee $40.00 cash or check.
* Couples must apply together and in person.
Documents Required - Each person must bring to the Clerk's
- One age related document: Certified Birth
certificate, or Original Baptismal record or Original
Naturalization Record, or US Census Record.
- One identity-related document: Original Driver's
License, or Original Passport, or Original Employment Photo
ID, or Original Immigration Record.
For persons who have had previous marriages, information must be
provided for each marriage.
Documents required are:
Waiting Period, Validity & Physical Exam Requirements:
- If ended in Divorce: Certified Copy of Decree of Divorce,
or Certificate of Dissolution of Marriage.
- If ended in Death: Late Spouses Death Certificate.
The marriage license is issued immediately, but there is a full
24-hour waiting period before the ceremony may take place.
Thereafter, the marriage license is valid for 60 days. No
premarital examination or blood test is required in New York
State. For more information, go to: www.health.state.ny.us/vital_records/married.htm
Until further notice, if you wish to license a new dog, all
licenses will be done by mail and not in person. Please
follow these instructions:
- For an altered (spayed or neutered) dog, please mail a
copy of the dog’s most recent rabies certification and spay
or neuter document. If you do not have that document, the
rabies certification may state “S” or “N” for the sex of the
dog. That is acceptable. Please mail the document(s) and a
check or money order for $7.00. Address to follow.
- For an unaltered (not spayed or neutered) dog, please mail
a copy of the most recent rabies certification and a check
These documents should be mailed to the Goshen Town Clerk, 41
Webster Avenue, Goshen, New York 10924. Checks should be made
out to the Town of Goshen. Once received, we will mail the metal
license tag and the paper license to you at your home address.
There shall be no fee charged for the license issued for any
detection dog, geese dog, guide/service dog , hearing dog,
police work dog, therapy dog, war or working search dog.
Along with license application and fee, proof of current rabies
vaccination, and if applicable, spay/neuter certificate is
T.A.R.A. (The Animal Eights Alliance, Inc) has contracted with
the Town of Goshen to offer spay and neuter services for cats
ONLY through a reduced-cost voucher programs to their residents.
information and instructions click here
GOSHEN HUMANE SOCIETY
The Goshen Humane Society oversees the Goshen Animal Shelter.
This is a no-kill shelter providing services to the Town and
Village of Goshen. They can be reached at 845-294-3984.
If you are interested in volunteering or helping the animal
shelter you can call: 845-294-9101
PUBLIC ASSEMBLIES PERMIT
The Town Clerk′s Office issues Public Assembly Permits
regulating the assembly of persons at a place to which the
public or a substantial group of persons are invited or has
access, whether for entertainment or the use of premises such as
for, but not limited to, festivals, concerts, rallies,
runners-racers-walkers-cyclists, parade-motorcade, amusements,
movie-video-recording productions, block party and other
gatherings of such activities, whether in concert or
individually with or without the levy of an admission fee.
No person shall use, allow, let or permit to be used property
for the assembly of persons for temporary outdoor public
gatherings unless a written permit shall have been obtained from
the Town Board. Application for a Public Assemblies Permit
application can be obtained at the Clerk’s office.
HUNTING & FISHING LICENSES
** To obtain a hunting/fishing license please call for an
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic social distancing is required. Only
one person may apply at a time.
When applying for your first hunting, trapping, or archery
license, proof of hunter safety course is required. Applicants
under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Information
on Statewide fishing & hunting dates, daily limits, general
regulations, special county-by-county regulations, health
advisories, etc. are available on line at www.DEC.state.ny.us
Proof of NYS residency or a valid driver′s license must be
presented to obtain a hunting and/or fishing license.
BINGO & GAMES OF CHANCE LICENSES
Charitable and Non-Profit Organizations may obtain application
forms and instructions for bingo, bell jar, raffles, casino
nights, and other games of chance from the NYS Racing &
Wagering Board website:
, or the Town Clerk′s
Office. All Organizations will be required to first get an
Identification Number, and then apply for a gaming license.
The application for
Peddlers, Vendors, and Solicitors license
is filed through
the Clerk′s Office. Regulations governing these activities, and
fees, can be found in the Town
Code, Chapter 73
HANDICAP PARKING PERMITS
The Town Clerk′s Office Issues Handicap hang tag permits. NYS
DMV issues License Plates For Persons with Severe
for these "Parking Permits for Persons with Severe
are available from the Town Clerk′s Office
or NYS DMV Offices. A hang tag Parking Permit may be
issued for either a permanent or temporary disability. Form MV-664.1
to be filled out by the applicant and the applicant's physician,
then the original Form along with photo ID is brought to the
Town Clerk′s Office, and a hang tag is issued.
BLASTING - EXPLOSIVES PERMITS
No person shall store, transport or use any explosives without
(a) holding a valid current NYS Dept. of Labor explosives
license, and a valid current NYS Dept of Labor certificate of
competence - see
, and (b) obtaining a
permit from the Town Clerk - see Chapter
58A of the Code of the Town of Goshen
. The fee for each
permit from the Town Clerk is $25 and expires on the first day
of January every year.
CARTER - HAULING LICENSE
The purpose of this application is to regulate solid waste
management facilities and private carters of solid waste.
The licensing and registration requirements set forth by the
Town of Goshen shall apply to all haulers, except where such
activities are conducted by the county or by a municipality. An
applicant for a hauling license shall submit an application in
writing (initial application available at Town Clerk's Office)
to the Town Clerk, along with the required fees and a list of
all vehicles owned, leased or controlled by the applicant which
will be used in the collection, storage, transfer,
transportation, processing or disposal of solid waste, yard
waste, construction and demolition debris or recyclables
generated, originated or brought within the Town. - see Chapter
80B of the Code of the Town of Goshen
. The fee for
each permit from the Town Clerk is $100 per vehicle/truck. Said
fee(s) are payable on an annual basis and are payable upon
submission of a renewal
The Town of Goshen keeps vital records for certificates of
birth, death and marriage issued by the Town Clerk starting with
the year 1881. Records prior to that year may be available from
New York State Department of Health.
The Village of Goshen keeps separate vital records for events
within its jurisdiction, which includes all births and deaths at
the Goshen Hospital
and Arden Hill Hospital
For those records, contact the Village of Goshen at
The Town Clerk′s Office will search Town vital records, and
provide an uncertified copy, or a Notification of No Record for
a fee of $11 per name and type of record searched. For instance,
if the request is for the birth, marriage, and death record of a
William Frances Smith, the fee would total $33.
No information shall be released unless the record has been on
file for the minimum required period, and the person(s) to whom
the record relates is (are) known to be deceased:
- Birth records = 75 years
- Death records = 50 years
- Marriage records = 50 years
The minimum required period noted above is waived if the
applicant provides documentation of direct line of descent. To
request Genealogical Services, complete the Application
for Genealogical Services form
and mail it to the Goshen
Town Clerk along with payment. Processing times may be several
weeks depending upon workload.