Motor Vehicle Inspector

Recruitment #190729-5820PS-001



At the State of Connecticut, Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), we are dedicated to protecting the health and safety of the motoring public through education, outreach and enforcement in the areas of vehicle weight and safety inspections, heavy duty diesel emission testing, traffic enforcement and investigations of any motor vehicle related complaints.

DMV’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Division (CVSD) has state-wide arrest authority related to motor vehicles, and is made up of several specialized work units overseen by Motor Vehicle Lieutenants and headed by a Division Manager.

CVSD’s Inspectors are assigned to the following work units: Auto Theft, Motor Carrier Enforcement, Weigh Station Operations, Student Transportation, Dealer and Repairer Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations.

The division is also the lead state agency to administer the federal Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) and is designated by statute to operate the State’s commercial weigh stations.

The Department of Motor Vehicles is currently seeking to hire several qualified applicants, with current Connecticut Police Certifications only. Candidates will be accountable for independently performing full range of inspection and investigation activity pertaining to motor vehicles, dealer and repairer facilities and licensing, vehicle safety, consumer complaints, alleged offenses and verification of pertinent documentation.

Persons appointed to this position will be subject to all conditions outlined in the Connecticut Police & Fire Union (NP-5) contract including biennial shift and work location bid process.

The current work schedule is full-time, forty (40) hours per week, Monday - Friday, first shift starts between 5:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m., second shift starts at 2:00 p.m., schedule may include weekends and evenings.

To learn more about what it takes to become a Motor Vehicle Inspector, please view the video on DMV’s webpage below:  

Selection Plan

These positions are non-examined. Open to the public. 

  • Applicants for this class must have reached their 21st birthday.
  • Applicants must have received a high school diploma or GED.
  • Incumbents in this class must have established residence within Connecticut before becoming sworn member of the CVSD.
  • Incumbents must possess and retain a current Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator’s license during employment.

The DMV Inspector hiring process is extensive; the time from application to appointment can take several months.

The application to hire process is separated into six (6) stages:

  1. Application Period: How to Apply for Motor Vehicle Inspector
  2. Interview Panel: Applicants will be interviewed by sworn members of CVSD and a representative from Human Resources.
  3. Polygraph Examination: Inquiries concerning employment history; driving history; medical history; financial history; gambling history; illegal possession, use and sale of drugs/narcotics; criminal activity; military history; illegal sexual activity; use of alcohol; general personal data; prior conduct in police/security/corrections fields; subversive, revolutionary or gang activity; basic honesty and integrity.
  4. Psychological Evaluation: Combination of written tests and interviews to assess suitability for employment in law enforcement.
  5. Background Investigation: Comprehensive review of employment, education, training, criminal, motor vehicle and credit history.
  6. Medical Evaluation: Comprehensive physical examination, including drug screening.

DMV Motor Vehicle Inspectors Recruit Training Program: Successful completion of all phases of the selection process means that you are eligible to be considered for final appointment as a Motor Vehicles Inspector. Newly hired Motor Vehicle Inspectors are required to complete twelve (12) weeks of field training, and must successfully complete and maintain the certification of the federal motor carrier inspection program known as North American Standard Inspection (NASTI), this training program is for two (2) weeks which requires candidates to stay at the academy out of state, Monday – Friday.

Please ensure that your application is complete and have included a resume within the "Resume Tab" of your application. You are unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut. Candidates who submit an untimely, incomplete or inaccurate application will not be considered for this employment opportunity. During the recruitment process, applicants will be required to submit a copy of their current CT POST certification card or Police Certification card supporting their qualification(s) for this position.

Due to the large volume of applications, please do not call/email to confirm receipt or status of your application. If your application submits successfully, you will receive a pop up confirmation, in addition to a confirmation email of your application submission.

Contact Information: Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Shabina Bhura,, 860-263-5268.


In the Department of Motor Vehicles this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of inspection and investigation activity pertaining to motor vehicles, dealer and repairer facilities and licensing, vehicle safety, consumer complaints, alleged offenses and verification of pertinent documentation.


Inspects motor vehicles for conformance to established statutory, regulatory and policy standards, safety requirements, verification of ownership, authentication of vehicle identification number and related equipment and documentation; completes necessary forms and reports; maintains files; takes possession of marker plates and registration of violators where necessary; authenticates vehicles with missing, altered or replaced vehicle identification numbers; investigates misuse of marker plates and takes appropriate corrective action; inspects sites of proposed, existing or unlicensed facilities and/or locations for compliance with all applicable requirements; investigates and resolves complaints against regulated businesses; exchanges information with local and state police and/or other state or federal agencies; explains motor vehicle laws, regulations, policies and procedures to the public and informs individuals or business concerns of any violations or deficiencies found through inspection and/or examination process and what corrective actions must be taken; conducts special inspections and/or investigations of criminal and other activities as assigned; assigns and affixes numbers to authenticated vehicles as necessary; may impound stolen vehicles; may make arrests, issue summons, serve warrants or appear in court as arresting officer or witness for violation of statutes relating to motor vehicles; may conduct safety training courses; may be required to maintain building security and perform patrol duties at time of heightened alert level under Homeland Security procedures; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of parts, equipment and operation of motor vehicles; considerable knowledge of proper repair methods; knowledge of and ability to apply motor vehicle laws, regulations and safety standards; knowledge of inspection methods and techniques; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to conduct investigations and prepare written reports; considerable ability to operate a motor vehicle; considerable mechanical ability.


Certification as a law enforcement officer in the State of Connecticut pursuant to regulations promulgated by the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council.
Note: Candidates with a pending recertification status may be employed on a temporary basis pending recertification by the Connecticut Police Training Academy.


Successful completion of prescribed training and probationary requirements set forth in the class of Protective Services Trainee.


A. Experience working with heavy trucks, school buses, auto dealers or emissions testing
B. Related education or automotive work experience
C. Military experience
D. Prior law enforcement experience
E. Strong communication skills
F. Stable work history
G. Excellent attendance records
H. Experience working with difficult clientele
I. Excellent driving history
J. Strong computer skills
K. Lifesaving/Medical certifications (CPR, EMR, EMT)


1. Incumbents in this class must receive and retain authority from the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to "arrest and present before the designated authority any person for violation of any statute or regulation relating to motor vehicles." (Connecticut General Statutes Section 14-8).
2. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license. At time of appointment incumbents must have a motor vehicle driving record satisfactory to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.
3. Incumbents in this class must have reached their 21st birthday.
4. Incumbents in this class must be eligible and qualified to bear arms.
5. Incumbents in this class must successfully complete training for and receive inspection authority as defined in Section 14-163c-9 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies within six (6) months of their initial appointment to this class. The requirement to complete such training within six months of initial appointment may be extended by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles in the event that the training is not readily available and cannot be scheduled and completed within six months. Should this occur, training shall be scheduled and taken at the first available opportunity after date of initial appointment to the class. Any extension shall only be granted for the time necessary to complete the first available training after date of initial appointment. Incumbents must retain this inspection authority for the duration of their service within this class.
6. Candidates for this class are subject to selection standards pursuant to Section 7-294a-e of the Connecticut General Statutes and the Regulations of the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council.


In addition to the checking of references and of facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation of each candidate may be made before persons are certified for appointment.


1. Incumbents in this class must possess good health, be free from any disease or injury which would impair job performance and possess and retain sufficient strength, stamina, agility, visual and auditory acuity necessary to perform all the duties of the class.
2. Applicants may be required to pass a physical examination.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to a moderate amount of physical exertion in inspecting vehicles, to some degree of injury from carbon monoxide fumes, conducting road tests and performing traffic stops and inspections of heavy vehicles and moderately disagreeable conditions encountered working outdoors.