License Clerk  What They Do

Just the Facts


Issues licenses or permits to qualified applicants. Obtains necessary information, records data, advises applicants on requirements, collects fees, and issues licenses. May conduct oral, written, visual, or performance testing.

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.
  • Collects prescribed fees for licenses.
  • Verifies the authenticity of documents, such as foreign identification or immigration documents.
  • Questions applicants to obtain required information, such as name, address, or age, and records data on prescribed forms.
  • Updates operational records or licensing information, using computer terminals.
  • Answers questions or provides advice to the public regarding licensing policies, procedures, or regulations.
  • Maintains records of applications made or licensing fees collected.
  • Performs routine data entry or other office support activities, including creating, sorting, photocopying, distributing, or filing documents.
  • Codes information on license applications for entry into computers.
  • Informs customers by mail or telephone of additional steps they need to take to obtain licenses.

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Government and Public Administration

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.
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third 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

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