Motor Vehicle License Examiner

Grade 12

New York State has approximately 259 positions* in this title statewide. You may view a breakdown of positions by county. This position exists in Motor Vehicles, Department of. View links to all New York State agencies including agencies that have this title. For more information, New York State employees can contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322. If you are not a current New York State employee, you can use the Department of Civil Service Web site to explore possible employment opportunities.

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Career Ladder

A listing of titles that are most commonly used as steps for upward mobility for this title series. The salary schedule for this career ladder is also available.

  1. Motor Vehicle License Examiner

    Grade 12

  2. Senr Motor Vehicle License Examiner

    Grade 15

  3. Prin Motor Vehicle License Examiner

    Grade 18

Summary of Job Description

As a Motor Vehicle License Examiner, you would conduct driving tests for all classes of drivers’ licenses. You would direct applicants through the road test route, evaluate driving performance, verbally inform applicants about their performance during the test, and inform applicants at the conclusion whether they passed or failed the test. In this post-test review, you would cover strong points of the applicant’s driving ability and areas of driving that need improvement, and place appropriate restrictions on the drivers’ licenses, as needed. You must be able to use and maintain a computerized tablet (electronic scoring device). You may be assigned to conduct field investigations of driving schools, private service bureaus, and public carriers, and to prepare written reports of your findings. You would also be assigned to investigate complaints and fraudulent activities surrounding these entities, and may be required to testify at Department of Motor Vehicles hearings.

View the classification standard for this title, on the Classification and Compensation webpage.

The NYS Title and Salary Plan provides additional information regarding other titles. If there is a classification standard available there will be a link under the column labeled STD. NO. If no link is available there is no classification standard available at this time for that title.

Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

You must take and pass a Civil Service examination to be considered for this position.

There are two examinations held for this position.  Please note:  New York State employees may qualify for both.  

1. For New York State employees:
On or before the date of examination, you must be a qualified employee of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and have had three months of permanent competitive, non-competitive, 55-b/55-c, or labor class* service.

*In accordance with Section 52.11 of the Civil Service Law, individuals serving permanently in the non competitive or labor class in a qualifying title (including those serving under Section 55-b/55-c) who otherwise meet the requirements for taking this examination are eligible to compete in this promotion examination.

2. For all qualified individuals:
On or before the date of examination, you must have graduated from high school or have earned a high school equivalency diploma AND you must have:

Either 1. one year of full-time equivalent experience that involved extensive face-to-face interaction with the general public while providing customer service;

Or 2. thirty (30) semester credit hours of college-level study AND six (6) months of full-time equivalent experience involving extensive face-to-face interaction with the general public while providing customer service.

Definition: For the purposes of this examination, the general public is a broad range of people NOT limited to a specific group of the public. On your application, it is important to describe in detail the kind of service and information you provide to the general public on a face-to-face basis. Omissions or vagueness will not be interpreted in your favor.

For informational purposes only, click on the examination number(s) listed below to see the current or previous examination(s) that are used to fill this title.

26-611 38-284

How to Apply

When this examination is scheduled to be held, the announcement can be found on the Department of Civil Service, Examination Announcements web page. If you do not see an examination currently scheduled please check back on a monthly basis or sign up for announcement notification by email so that you will automatically be notified when new examinations are being offered.

Career Mobility

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through other examinations, additional education and/or work experience or transfer opportunities. For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office. Visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists. If you are not a current New York State employee, see Employment Opportunities with New York State and find out how to become a New York State employee.

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