California Department of Motor Vehicles
From $56604 to $71980 Annually
Motor Vehicles, Department of
Investigative Specialist 1, Motor Vehicle (or IS Trainee 1 or 2)
Enforcement or Protective Services
PS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)
From $56604 to $71980 Annually
Hours Per Week
Compressed workweek allowed?
309 South Street
To be considered for permanent appointment, candidates must be reachable on the current Civil Service eligible list, be eligible for reassignment, or have one year of permanent competitive service in a title eligible for transfer under Section 52.6 of the Civil Service Law, and have the qualifying experience detailed under minimum qualifications on the Civil Service Exam Announcement located here: https://www.cs.ny.gov/announarchive/announcements/26-498.cfm?live=false
Investigative Specialists 1 (Motor Vehicle), as certified NY State Peace Officers, conduct a variety of field investigations and are required to conduct basic law enforcement functions such as arrests, testimony, and prisoner transport. Investigators conduct investigations of forged ownership and identity documents, and suspected fraud or deceit by registrants, licensees, or applicants. They use facial recognition technology to uncover multiple identities and identity theft schemes. They investigate those engaged in stealing vehicles, including organized auto theft rings; these investigations include determining the true identity of vehicles by conducting forensic vehicle examinations and locating vehicle identification numbers to detect stolen vehicles and component parts. Investigators apprehend and assist in the prosecution of those involved in the perpetration of the aforementioned criminal activities. They are experts in, and provide other law enforcement agencies training for the detection of fraudulent documents, auto theft, and other motor vehicle related matters. Assignments may require working overtime and travel.
You will be required to have your physical and medical condition evaluated, participate in a drug screening test, participate in a psychological evaluation, and submit to an investigative screening; you must also obtain and maintain a firearm permit from New York City, be qualified to hold peace officer status in accordance with state law, and be a United States Citizen and New York State Resident.
Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.
6 ESP, Swan Street Building
The first Department of Motor Vehicles was created in 1915 with enactment of Senator F.S. Birdsell's "Vehicle Act of 1915." Vehicle registrations that year had climbed to 191,000. In 1914, the state began issuing its first permanent license plates upon original registration of vehicles. The system was confirmed by legislature in 1915. The 1914 plate was brick red with white characters. Affixed to the plate was a metal validating tab, roughly square with scalloped edges, inscribed with "Registered Motor Vehicle No.___1914 State of California." The 1915 plate was yellow with black characters. An octagonal-shaped, metal validating tab affixed to the plate noted the year, 1915, but otherwise carried the same language as the 1914 tab. From 1916 through 1919,California issued a basic plate, in white with blue characters, without year designation. Metal symbols affixed to the upper left corner of the license plates validated registration. In 1916, the symbol was a bear; in 1917, a poppy; in 1918, a liberty bell; and in 1919, a star.