The county clerk is the custodian of all county records including deeds, deeds of trust, liens, hospital liens, cattle brands, Certificates of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD 214), some birth and death records, and a variety of other important records both public and non-public. The county clerk also issues and maintains marriage licenses and records assumed name certificates.
The county clerk also serves as clerk of the court for all misdemeanor criminal and civil courts, as well as commissioners’ court and probate court; maintaining the official records of the courts they serve. The county clerk records the acts and proceedings of each of these courts, entering all judgments, recording all executions issued and the returns issued on the executions as applicable, and administers trust accounts for minors and registry accounts; additionally, the clerk must keep an index of the parties to all suits filed in the court, and make reference to any judgment made in each case. As clerk of the county courts, the county clerk collects and is responsible for money paid in court costs, fines and fees and for the payment of juror fees.