Motor Vehicle Inspector

Recruitment #230914-5820PS-001


The State of Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is seeking to hire several qualified individuals, with current Connecticut Police Certifications only, as Motor Vehicle Inspectors within the Commercial Vehicle Safety Division (CVSD).


  • Monday - Friday
  • Full Time, 40 hours per week
  • Location: Wethersfield, with statewide travel required
  • First Shift starts between 5:00am and 8:00am, Second Shift starts at 2:00pm, and schedule may include weekends and evenings. Shifts are 8 hours.



Motor Vehicle Inspectors are responsible for enforcement of motor vehicle related laws in the areas of motor carrier inspection and weigh stations, auto theft, auto dealer enforcement, school bus safety, and criminal investigations. 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. 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 Chief. CVSD’s Inspectors are assigned to the following work units:

  • Auto Theft
  • Motor Carrier Enforcement
  • Weigh Station Operations
  • Student Transportation
  • Dealer and Repairer Enforcement
  • Criminal Investigations
Incumbents in the CVSD are required to travel across the state. 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.

Successful incumbents must:
  • Have reached their 21st birthday
  • Have received a high school diploma or GED
  • Possess and retain a current Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator's license during employment
  • Established residence within Connecticut before becoming a sworn member of the CVSD
  • Submit a copy of their current CT POST Certification card or Police Certification card supporting their qualification(s) for this position by sending it to This must be submitted at the time of application or by the job close date of 10/02/2023 11:59 PM in order for your application to be considered.
The application-to-hire process is separated into six stages:
Application Period: Apply for Motor Vehicle Inspector
Interview Panel: Applicants will be interviewed by sworn members of CVSD
Psychological Evaluation: Combination of written tests and interviews to assess suitability for employment in law enforcement
Background Investigation: Comprehensive review of employment, education, training, criminal, motor vehicle and credit history
Medical Evaluation: Comprehensive physical examination, including drug screening
Polygraph Examination: Inquiries will be made concerning basic honesty and integrity, employment, military, driving, medical, financial, and gambling histories, illegal possession, use and sale of drugs/narcotics, criminal and illegal sexual activity, use of alcohol, general personal data, prior conduct in police/security/corrections fields, subversive, revolutionary or gang activity

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.


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.

The primary objective of the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles, Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) is to reduce the number of accidents and hazardous material incidents involving commercial motor vehicles. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Division operates from six fixed weight and inspections sites and patrols all highways and numerous secondary roads throughout the State.

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Selection Plan


  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this 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.
  • 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 or shift.
  • 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



  • 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 questionnaire's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • Note: 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.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Brittney Woodley at


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.


  • Currently employed as a CT police officer
  • Currently certified by POST-C as a police instructor
  • Currently certified by POST-C as a Field Training Officer


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.


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