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What does a county clerk do?
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  1. The responsibilities of a county clerk vary according to where he or she works. The more people in the county where the clerk is employed, the narrower the range of responsibilities he or she has. The prime responsibility of a county clerk is to file vital records of residents. These important records include birth certificates, marriage licenses, divorce records and certificates of death. The larger the population in a particular county, the busier the county clerk will be kept filing all these papers among the millions of documents already on file. A county with a smaller population has less filing work to do, so the county clerk will be assigned other tasks, such as processing applications for passports and dealing with paperwork for deeds. The county clerk is sometimes even called upon to officiate at weddings.

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