Frequently asked questions about jobs at the DMV

 

How do I get a job working behind the counter at a NYS DMV office?

The New York State title for the position you are interested in is Motor Vehicle Representative (MVR) . These positions are available only in NYS DMV issuing offices which exist in the following counties: Albany, Bronx, Broome, Erie, Kings, Monroe, Nassau, New York, Oneida, Onondaga, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester. If you are interested in this position you must take the next NYS DMV MVR exam.

How do I get a job administering road tests for NYS DMV?

The State title for the position you are interested in is Motor Vehicle License Examiner . If you are interested in this position, you must take the next exam for this title.

I have experience in automotive and/or body repair.  What positions would I qualify for with NYS DMV?

You may qualify for the Automotive Facilities Inspector or Body Repair Inspector positions.

I am interested in a position as an investigator.  Does NYS DMV have any positions in this field?

If you have a bachelor's degree, you may qualify for a position as a Motor Vehicle Investigator.

Does NYS DMV hire employees for the title Motor Vehicle Inspector or Motor Carrier Investigator?

No, these are Department of Transportation titles. For information on these titles, visit the NYS Career Mobility Office Web site and search by the title.

I don't have a college degree.  Are there any jobs with NYS DMV for which I might qualify?

DMV has the following positions for which you might qualify:

Associate Public Information Specialist
Artist Designer
Automotive Facilities Inspector
Body Repair Inspector
Contract Management Specialist
Highway Safety Program Representative
Motor Vehicle Representative
Motor Vehicle License Examiner
Public Information Specialist
Senior Public Information Specialist

Once you are a State employee in a competitive class position you will have the opportunity to take promotional exams for which you qualify. Also, visit the NYS Department of Civil Service Web site for a list of exams for entry-level positions with no college or higher education requirement.

I have a college degree.  For which jobs at NYS DMV would I qualify?

DMV has the following positions for which you may qualify:

Administrative Analyst
Agency Training & Development Specialist
Artist Designer
Associate Public Information Specialist
Automotive Facilities Inspector
Body Repair Inspector
Contract Management Specialist
Highway Safety Program Representative
Highway Safety Program Analyst
Motor Vehicle Investigator
Motor Vehicle Referee
Property Manager
Public Information Specialist
Senior Accountant
Senior Administrative Analyst
Senior Attorney
Senior Budgeting Analyst
Senior Personnel Administrator
Senior Public Information Specialist

Does NYS DMV make special accommodations for employees with disabilities?

Yes. The NYS DMV participates in the Workers with Disabilities Program (55-b) and Veterans with Disabilities Program (55-c). For more information about the certification process, please visit the NYS Department of Civil Service Workers with Disabilities.

The NYS DMV is committed to assuring equal employment opportunity and equal access to services, programs, and activities for persons with disabilities. It is the policy of NYS DMV to provide reasonable accommodation to a qualified person with a disability to enable such person to perform the essential functions of the State government position for which he or she is applying or in which he or she is employed.

Is there additional information I should know if I am a wartime veteran or member of the Armed Forces?

Read the Department of Civil Service information about wartime veterans and members of the Armed Forces.

How do I apply for a job with the NYS DMV?

Read the Department of Civil Service Web site information about how to apply for a job with New York State.

Can I send in a resume?

Most positions in the DMV are filled through competitive exams. State agencies use the resulting eligible lists to hire people. Therefore, you cannot simply apply for most positions at NYS Department of Motor Vehicles unless you are sent a canvass letter that results from your name appearing on an eligible list.

However, if you are certified through the Workers with Disabilities Program (55-b) or the Veterans with Disabilities Program (55-c), you may send in your resume, along with a Civil Service letter confirming your certification with this program, to the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles. For more information about the certification process, visit the Department of Civil Service Workers with Disabilities Web page.

Is there a tentative schedule for exam announcements?

See the Department of Civil Service Web site information about the tentative schedule of exams.

What are the different types of tests?

See the Department of Civil Service Web site for information about the different types of tests.

Where do I get exam announcements and applications?

Read the Department of Civil Service web site for information about getting exam announcements and applications.

How often are exams offered?

Most exams open to the public are held approximately every four years. Applications for Continuous Recruitment Exams are accepted continuously, with no application deadline.

Should I bother taking exams if a New York State agency is under a hiring freeze?

Many exams are given only once every four years. The lists that result from these exams may be used for four years or more to hire people. Therefore, if you qualify for a currently announced exam, this is your opportunity to apply. After the exam is given and the resulting lists are established, agencies canvass active eligibles when they have an opening. After the hiring freeze ends, state agencies may be using those eligible lists at a more rapid pace to fill jobs.

I received my qualifying degree or other higher education in a foreign country.  What documentation do I need to prove my credentials?

Read the Department of Civil Service Web site for information about obtaining a foreign degree equivalency.

What are the benefits of working for NYS DMV?

See the many benefits explained on the Employee Benefits page.