County Court Clerk

The County Clerk, formerly the county court clerk, was a statutory official for many decades prior to becoming a constitutional office in the 1978 amendments to the Tennessee Constitution. The County Clerk is elected to a four-year term in the August general election in the same even-numbered year that the governor is elected. The County Clerk performs a wide variety of functions, which generally include: 

  • Keeping the official records of the county legislative body
  • Collecting certain local and state taxes (such as local wheel taxes, local hotel/motel taxes, beer taxes, business taxes, and vehicle registration fees)
  • Issuing motor vehicle titles and registrations
  • Issuing marriage licenses
  • Issuing business licenses
  • Processing applications for beer permits
  • Processing applications for notaries public
  • Issuing pawnbroker licenses
  • Issuing hunting and fishing licenses

The County Clerk receives fees for the services rendered by the office.