Licensing Examiners and Inspectors
SOC: 13-1041.02


Examine, evaluate, and investigate eligibility for, conformity with, or liability under licenses or permits.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
260,300 employed

Projected (2024):
269,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Certified Driver Examiner (CDE)
  • Certified Driver License Test Administrator
  • Compliance Examiner
  • Deportation Examiner
  • Driver Examiner
  • Driver License Agent
  • Driver License Examiner
  • Driver License Reviewing Officer
  • Driver License Technician
  • Examiner
  • Forms Examiner
  • Immigration Investigator
  • Immigration Officer
  • Industry Operations Investigator
  • Inspector
  • License Examiner
  • License Registration Examiner
  • Licensing Analyst
  • Licensing Officer
  • Licensing Registration Examiner
  • Licensing Representative
  • Methods Examiner
  • Motor Vehicle Clerk
  • Motor Vehicle Examiner
  • Motor Vehicle Inspector
  • Naturalization Examiner
  • Passport Application Examiner
  • Public Service Representative (PSR)
  • Qualifications Examiner
  • Road Test Examiner
  • Scales Inspector
  • Transportation Services Representative (TSR)
  • Weights and Measures Inspector
  • Weights and Measures Sealer

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Issue licenses to individuals meeting standards.
  • Evaluate applications, records, or documents to gather information about eligibility or liability issues.
  • Administer oral, written, road, or flight tests to license applicants.
  • Score tests and observe equipment operation and control to rate ability of applicants.
  • Advise licensees or other individuals or groups concerning licensing, permit, or passport regulations.
  • Warn violators of infractions or penalties.
  • Prepare reports of activities, evaluations, recommendations, or decisions.
  • Prepare correspondence to inform concerned parties of licensing decisions or appeals processes.
  • Confer with or interview officials, technical or professional specialists, or applicants to obtain information or to clarify facts relevant to licensing decisions.
  • Report law or regulation violations to appropriate boards or agencies.
  • Visit establishments to verify that valid licenses or permits are displayed and that licensing standards are being upheld.
  • Collect fees for licenses.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Barcode scanners
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras
  • Document scanners
  • Electric typewriters
  • Facial recognition systems
  • Fingerprint capture devices
  • Fingerprint recognition systems
  • Iris recognition systems
  • License or identification card printers
  • Magnetic stripe readers
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Point of sale POS receipt printers
  • Snellen eye charts
  • Testing workstations
  • Ultraviolet UV lights
  • Vision screening equipment
  • Commercial driver's license information system CDLIS
  • Computer-assisted testing software
  • Database software
  • Digital imaging system software
  • Document scanning software
  • Driving simulators
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • National Driver Register NDR
  • Safety Status Measurement System SafeStat
  • Traffic record databases

  • business and financial operations

    industry stats

    SOC: 13-0000

    Total Employed: 7,032,560

    Average Annual Salary: $73,800