The Montgomery County Clerk’s Office will soon begin accepting debit and credit card payments as part of an effort to modernize the department.

What you need to know

After approval through Montgomery County Commissioners Court on Oct. 24, the county clerk’s office will soon begin accepting payments from credit and debit cards. Previously, the county clerk’s office only accepted payments through cash, check or money order.

County Clerk Brandon Steinmann said the new system was copied from the one used in the tax office and will collect a 2.15% fee per transaction.

What they're saying

“Testing is underway to ensure compatibility with the credit card vendor to that of our software used to process marriage licenses, birth and death certificates, deed filings, DBAs and numerous other services provided by the county clerk," Steinmann said.

What’s next

The new system is expected to be live by the end of this year, and it will provide another option for users to access the clerk’s office.

Editor's note: This story was updated to correct the amount of the fee and to include a comment from the county clerk.