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A county clerk, or clerk of courts, is the person responsible for filing vital records or other important official documents related to a specific county population.
A county clerk usally files birth certificates, as well as death and marriage certificates. However, it is also possible that in small counties, the county clerk might be expected to execute other duties in the [vital records office](https://www.usbirthcertificates.com/glossary/vital-records office).
In some states, the county clerk might oversee local elections. Some responsibilities might vary depending on the size of the county as well as its population. Overall, the main job of a county clerk is to file public records and keep track of them.
Some country clerks are elected while others are appointed. The clerk is one of the oldest known officials in local government. Currently, in the United States, the county clerk is generally responsible for maintaining records of all governing body transactions including resolutions and ordinances.
Please note that a county clerk is not the same as a birth certificate clerk (health job).
Depending on the population, a County Clerk is responsible for some or all of the following:
Documents such as vital records can bear different levels of certification which grant them validity in the United States or abroad.
Citizens who need to have their signature certified on a document that they have notarized can bring or send the original document to the County Clerk’s office to obtain a County Clerk Certification. The certification will be attached directly to the document once the issuance fee is covered by the applicant.
Certified copies of a birth certificate already carry the registrar’s signature and date it was filed with the registrar’s office as well as a raised, embossed, multi-colored seal that grants it legal validity within the territory of the United States. Citizens who need to use their US birth certificate abroad may read further about how to authenticate a birth certificate.