Motor Vehicle Sergeant


Recruitment #220729-5821PS-001


Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles - Wikipedia

Are you a current Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) employee looking to advance your career within the agency? 
If so, read below & apply today! 

The State of Connecticut, DMV, is now accepting applications from qualified agency employees for two exciting, full-time, 40 hours/week, 1st (8:00am-4:30pm) & 2nd shift (2:00pm-10:00pm), Monday-Friday, Motor Vehicle Sergeant opportunities located in Wethersfield, CT. Our mission is to promote public safety and regulate drivers, their motor vehicles and certain vehicle-related businesses, through the delivery of exceptional customer service to internal and external customers.  

The Role: You will be responsible for supervising Motor Vehicle Inspectors assigned to one of the Division Units. Responsibilities also include the daily activities of personnel; review of daily work; scheduling of work assignments; approving and scheduling of time off; ensuring personnel follow Department and Division General orders; review and approval of arrest warrant applications; coordination of multi-agency events. You will also supervise different types of scenes such as hazardous material incidents or commercial vehicle crash scenes.

Selection Plan

To Apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening you must be a current State of CT employee of the agency listed above for at least six (6) months of full-time service or full-time equivalent service, absent any applicable collective bargaining language, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening.  You must specify your qualifications on your application. 
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • For assistance in applying, please visit our 'Applicant Tips on How to Apply' page.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • Please select all location(s) and shift(s) you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period.  It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
After You Apply: 
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board daily to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders daily in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam. 
  • At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position. 
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class. Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position. 
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In the Department of Motor Vehicles, Commercial Vehicle Safety Division this class is accountable for acting as a working supervisor for Motor Vehicle Inspectors engaged in commercial motor vehicle related inspections or investigations.


Supervises assigned staff, including orientation, training, counseling, evaluation and discipline in accordance with department standards; assigns duties and reviews results for accuracy, effectiveness and conformance with policy; reviews and evaluates courtesy and attitude toward public; studies, analyzes and evaluates tasks performed by unit; keeps records and submits pertinent reports; inspects motor vehicles, or investigates and resolves issues appropriate to assigned unit, e.g. stolen/abandoned vehicles, dealer/repairer licenses, truck inspection/enforcement; explains motor vehicle laws and regulations to public; may make public presentations; participates in and may conduct training; may take enforcement action under Title 14 as needed in performance of inspection or investigatory functions; may testify at administrative hearings or in court; may participate in administration of operator license examinations; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of motor vehicle laws, regulations and safety standards; considerable knowledge of parts, equipment and operation of motor vehicles; considerable knowledge of proper repair methods; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to conduct investigations and prepare written reports; considerable mechanical ability; ability to conduct road tests and analyze applicant performance; supervisory ability.


Four (4) years of experience as a Motor Vehicle Inspector.


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 incumbent 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 must possess and maintain certification as a law enforcement officer in the State of Connecticut pursuant to Section 7-294a-e of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies and the regulations promulgated by the Police Officer Standards and Training Council.
6. 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 (6) 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 (6) 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.


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 have general good health, be free from any disease or injury which would impair job performance and have sufficient strength, stamina, agility, endurance and 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 and from conducting road tests, to some degree of injury in performing their inspections of heavy vehicles, and moderately disagreeable conditions encountered working outdoors.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.