Description of Office
- 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.
- 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.
Please note: Some duties performed by officials may vary within individual counties.
County & District Clerks Association of Texas
Hon. Celeste Bichsel
President, County & District Clerks Association of Texas
County & District Clerk
PO Box 487
Panhandle, TX 79068
Hon. Tammy Kneuper
Vice President, County & District Clerks Association of Texas
PO Box 2688
Bandera, TX 78003
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.
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: