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License Clerk

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High school (GED) +

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What They Do

Court, Municipal, and License Clerks Career Video

About This Career

Performs clerical duties for courts of law, municipalities, or governmental licensing agencies and bureaus. May prepare docket of cases to be called; secure information for judges and court; prepare draft agendas or bylaws for town or city council; answer official correspondence; keep fiscal records and accounts; issue licenses or permits; and record data, administer tests, or collect fees.

This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster Public Management and Administration pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Evaluates information on applications to verify completeness and accuracy and to determine whether applicants are qualified to obtain desired licenses.
  • Verifies the authenticity of documents, such as foreign identification or immigration documents.
  • Records and edits the minutes of meetings and distributes to appropriate officials or staff members.
  • Questions applicants to obtain required information, such as name, address, or age, and records data on prescribed forms.
  • Issues public notification of all official activities or meetings.
  • Records and maintains all vital and fiscal records and accounts.
  • Answers questions or provides advice to the public regarding licensing policies, procedures, or regulations.
  • Prepares meeting agendas or packets of related information.
  • Prepares and issues orders of the court, such as probation orders, release documentation, sentencing information, or summonses.
  • Prepares ordinances, resolutions, or proclamations so that they can be executed, recorded, archived, or distributed.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • City Recorder
  • Motor Vehicle Field Representative (MVFR)
  • Permits Specialist
  • License Specialist
  • Motor Vehicle Licensing Clerk
  • Town Clerk
  • Municipal Clerk
  • Court Clerk
  • City Clerk


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