Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Safety & Driver Licensing
Rebecca Wood was appointed to the position of Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Safety, & Driver Licensing in August 2022.
Deputy Commissioner Wood is responsible for overseeing the operational units responsible for driver licensing and vehicle safety, including compliance with federal motor carrier policy, commercial driver licensing, the Article 19a bus safety program, regulation of driving schools and instructors, traffic ticketing, registration and title services, insurance services, clean air, and vehicle safety units. She will also manage the Office of Legislation Development and Policy that tracks all legislation and other bills of interest introduced in the State Legislature as well as coordinating the development of the Department’s legislative departmental proposals.
Prior to coming to DMV, Ms. Wood held the position of Deputy Counsel to the Governor and has provided more than a decade of legal oversight within multiple branches of New York State government. Rebecca was instrumental in coordinating the COVID-19 response across more than 60 state agencies and authorities. Additionally, she served in the private sector as General Counsel to the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.
When not working, Rebecca enjoys chauffeuring her twin daughters, Rose and Lilly, to their various engagements.
Ms. Wood holds a Juris Doctor from Albany Law School and an MBA from Union Graduate College, and proudly graduated from the University at Albany, the jewel of the SUNY system.