DMV Title Clerk

Take care of all the paperwork connected to vehicle sales and purchases.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$22,000 – $52,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do DMV Title Clerks do?

Every time someone buys or sells a car, truck, trailer, boat, van, or other vehicle, there’s an onslaught of paperwork that follows. If you’re the one selling, you simply take the check to the bank. If you’re the one buying, you pick up your new rig, put the top down, and head for the beach. But somewhere in between the two, the DMV Title Clerk takes care of all the paperwork that completes the purchase.

What’s an average day like?

Considering the myriad ways a person can get financing these days, the transaction is not as easy as it sounds. As a DMV Title Clerk, you must first make sure the application for title (or ownership) is complete. Next, you find out about any loans.

If the buyer didn’t pay cash, they may not own the vehicle until they pay off the loan. After all, the vehicle is the bank’s collateral that the borrower will keep making payments.

In addition to loan payoffs and applications, a DMV Title Clerk will also deal with invoices, bills of sales, warranty information, and transfer requests. If that paperwork doesn’t bury you, there’s always the research involved to find previous owners. In addition, it’s your job to make sure the title fulfills state regulations, sometimes requiring you to coordinate with Title Clerks in other states.

You work with computers, photocopy machines, and multi-line telephones. In addition to organizational skills, attention to detail, and understanding of state policies, you also benefit from outstanding people skills as you provide daily customer service.

Why does this job matter?

Without you, no one would be able to (legally!) buy and sell vehicles. In this job, you’re a big part of a well-run DMV.

Should I be a DMV Title Clerk?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Department of Motor Vehicles Title Clerk

    How to become a DMV Title Clerk

    Most DMV Title Clerks have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9weaaa&chl=no+college+%2854%25%29|certificate+%2842%25%29|associate%27s+%284%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,54,54
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