County Clerk Responsibilities
The county clerk serves as clerk of the county legislative body. The clerk is responsible for sending required public notices and keeping the minutes of the county legislative body meetings. The county legislative body presently meets each month on the third Thursday.
Vehicle Titling and Registration
The County Clerk's office is best known for motor vehicle registration and licensing. The office presently handles over 211,000 vehicle transactions per year.
The office issues marriage licenses. Approximately 2,400 marriage licenses are issued each year.
The county clerk serves as secretary to the beer board. The board is responsible for issuing both on-premises and off-premises permits to sell beer in unincorporated areas of the County. The beer board meets on an as needed basis.
Business licenses are issued by the County Clerk. Business privilege taxes are collected by the Tennessee Department of Revenue. There are approximately 4,000 business licenses issued or renewed each year. Pawnbroker licenses are also issued. In addition, occupancy tax is remitted to the county clerk by hotel and motel operators in Blount County.
Since notaries public are elected by the County Legislative Body, the county clerk keeps a record of the notaries public in the county and has duties involving coordination between the secretary of state and the notary applicant. The oath of office of notaries is administered by the county clerk. Approximately 300 notaries are commissioned in Blount County each year.
The county clerk is also a license agent for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Sales tax on boat purchases is collected and boat registration applications are processed.