Licensing Examiner/Inspector  What They Do

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Licensing Examiners and Inspectors Career Video



Examines, evaluates and investigates eligibility for, conformity with, or liability under licenses or permits.

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


A person in this career:

  • Warns violators of infractions or penalties.
  • Evaluates applications, records, or documents to gather information about eligibility or liability issues.
  • Advises licensees or other individuals or groups concerning licensing, permit, or passport regulations.
  • Prepares reports of activities, evaluations, recommendations, or decisions.
  • Reports law or regulation violations to appropriate boards or agencies.
  • Confers with or interview officials, technical or professional specialists, or applicants to obtain information or to clarify facts relevant to licensing decisions.
  • Issues licenses to individuals meeting standards.
  • Collects fees for licenses.
  • Administers oral, written, road, or flight tests to license applicants.
  • Visits establishments to verify that valid licenses or permits are displayed and that licensing standards are being upheld.

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.
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • 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 at a distance
  • 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:

  • Driver License Examiner -- Administer tests for first-time drivers and also works with adults looking to get back on track after suspensions.
  • Passport Application Examiner -- Approves applications for United States passports and related privileges and services.
  • Sealer of Weights and Measures -- Makes sure that devices used to dispense goods based on weights or measurements are accurate.
  • Immigration Investigator --