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District and County Clerk

Description of Office 


District Clerk

  • Serves as clerk and custodian of all records for the District Courts.
  • Indexes and secures all court records, collects filing fees, and handles funds held in litigation and money awarded to minors.
  • Coordinates the jury panel selection process.
  • May process passport applications.
  • Manages court registry funds.

County Clerk

  • Serves as clerk and custodian of records for the Commissioners Court, Constitutional County Court and Statutory County Courts.
  • Acts as a recorder and custodian of important public records, including all bonds, deeds, birth and death certificates, assumed names and livestock brands, ensuring that records are maintained in a secure, archival manner.
  • Issues marriage licenses.
  • Serves as chief elections officer in most counties.

In Texas Counties with a population of fewer than 8,000 (unless there has been a special election) the County Clerk also serves as the District Clerk and assumes all constitutional and statutory duties of both positions.

In Texas counties with a population of fewer than 8,000, unless there has been a special election, the county clerk also serves as the district clerk, assuming all constitutional and statutory duties of the district clerk, along with those of county clerk.
For more complete information about the duties of a district clerk, county clerk and other county officials, see the “2016 Guide to Texas Laws for County Officials."
Please note: Some duties performed by officials may vary within individual counties.

Education Requirements

Coordinating body
County & District Clerks Association of Texas

President, County & District Clerks Association of Texas
County Clerk, Hunt County
2507 Lee St. Fl. 2
Grenville 75401-4245
(903) 408-4130

Vice President, County & District Clerks Association of Texas
District Clerk
P.O. Box 87
Edinburg, TX 78540
(956) 289-7801
The vice president of the County and District Clerks Association is the contact for clerks hours. This position rotates on a yearly basis at their annual conference.
Programs that qualify
Any approved by the Education Committee of the County and District Clerks Association.
Filing for credit
Certification forms are made available at each approved program. Certification forms must be returned to the second vice president of the association by either the sponsoring party or the attending clerk.
Continuing education requirements
County and district clerks are required to attain 20 hours during each calendar year that begins after election or appointment. 
Legal source
Government Code, Section 51.605

Open Government Training Information

Elected and appointed public officials are required by a state law to receive training in Texas open government laws. For more information on this training including free video training courses, check out The Office of the Attorney General website​.

County Official Organizations

The Texas Association of Counties serves as the umbrella organization for various independent county official organizations in Texas. These organizations serve as an important resource for county officials for information, networking and advocacy.
The association for this office: