Job description

Licensing examiners examine, assess and inspect an individual’s eligibility to qualify for a licence or permit. They also check the individual’s conformity with and their liability under a particular licence or permit.

Licensing examiners will evaluate applications, records or documents to determine eligibility and conformity. Once meeting standards, they will issue the licence to applicants. These professionals also advise on regulations and will warn violators of infractions or penalties.


    • Examine, assess and inspect eligibility for a license or permit
    • Check conformity with and liability under license or permit
    • Evaluate applications, records or documents to determine eligibility
    • Interview applicants to determine eligibility
    • Perform tests for road or flight licence applicants
    • Issue licences to individuals who meet standards
    • Advise about licence information and regulations
    • Warn violators of infractions or penalties
    • Report to appropriate boards or agencies about violations
    • Arrange and prepare reports on activities and evaluations
    • Acquire fees for licences

Skills and qualities

Computer software
Critical thinking

Job outlook

Projected growth
The projected growth rate of employment in the US from 2018 to 2028, based on data collected through the BLS Employment Projections (EP) programme. The national average growth rate for all professions is 5%.


New jobs
The number of jobs projected to become available in the US between 2018 and 2028, based on data collected through the BLS Employment Projections (EP) programme.


Automation risk
The probability of computerisation, based on data published in ‘The Future of Employment’, a 2013 working paper by Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne.


Career progression

Licensing examiners have the opportunity to progress to other administrative positions such as office supervisor or office manager. With the appropriate amount of training and experience, they might also be interested in changing career focus. For instance, a driver’s licence examiner might want to become a passport application examiner instead.

Working conditions

Average hours

40h/ week

Typical schedule

Full Time

Standard business hours

Licensing examiners work directly with the public, dealing with people from all walks of life. They operate indoors, in an office. Driving licence examiners, for instance, might also spend a lot of their time in a vehicle, testing potential drivers on their road skills.

When office-based, these professionals use computers to enter data and fill in records. They must have a clear and thorough understanding of laws and regulations concerning the licence in question.


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Annual salary estimates are based on percentile wage data collected through the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey of US workers.

Qualifications and training

Education level

High school

Relevant work experience

Study time

12 months

Most licensing examiners require a minimum of a high school diploma. However, some licensing examiners must hold some college education or a bachelor’s degree. Most training is provided on the job.

Driver’s licence examiners, for instance, must pass background clearance checks, a physical test and, sometimes, a civil service exam in order to be considered for employment.

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 2, 2022

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