The Town Clerk is responsible under a variety of state laws for a number of functions including:
- Keep all town records
- Certify the actions of selectmen and other town officials
- Make official reports
- Collect fees
- Serve as an election official
- Record all votes passed by the town
- Register motor vehicles, boats and trailers
- License dogs
- Issue and record vital records (births, marriages and deaths).
The Town Clerk is elected to office and serves a three-year term (RSA 41:16). The Town Clerk may appoint a Deputy Town Clerk with the approval of the Board of Selectmen. The Deputy must be “qualified in the same manner” as the Clerk (RSA 41:18).
In Auburn, the Town Clerk has been authorized by the NH Department of Safety, Division of Motor Vehicles, to register motor vehicles on behalf of the State. As such, the Auburn Town Clerk’s office can handle both the local and state portions of motor vehicle registrations as a one-stop shop. Without this authorization, residents would have to come first to the Town Hall to handle the local portion of the registration, and then go to a NHDMV Office to handle the state portion.