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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 02/29/24

Applications Due03/15/24

Vacancy ID152661


AgencyMotor Vehicles, Department of

TitleMotor Vehicle Referee/Assistant Motor Vehicle Referee (NY HELPS - NO EXAM REQUIRED)

Occupational CategoryLegal

Salary Grade25

Bargaining UnitPS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)

Salary RangeFrom $79928 to $117875 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Non-competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 8:30 AM

To 4:30 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No

County New York

Street Address METRO AREA



Zip Code10004

Minimum Qualifications NY Helps*:

This position may be filled through a traineeship, leading to the journey level title of Motor Vehicle Referee:
• Assistant Motor Vehicle Referee/Assistant Motor Vehicle Referee Spanish Language (equated to SG-22): 12 months as an Assistant Attorney 2, or Admission to the NYS Bar and 12 months of subsequent satisfactory legal experience in the trial of issues in courts of record or in the conduct or trial of adversary proceedings, quasi-judicial in nature, before a governmental department or agency.
• Motor Vehicle Referee (SG25): Admission to the NYS bar and two years of post-licensure professional legal experience.


One year of permanent, contingent-permanent, or 55 B/C service allocated to a Grade 23 or higher eligible for transfer and deemed administrative under Section 52.6 of the Civil Service Law; OR in a title approved for transfer under Section 70.1 of Civil Service Law. The transfer cannot be a second consecutive transfer resulting in an advancement of more than two salary grades.


If you previously served in this title or in a title otherwise transferable to this title, you may be reinstated pursuant to Civil Service Law. If you left state service less than one year ago, the reinstatement request from a state agency will usually be approved by the Department of Civil Service. If you left state service more than one year ago, the reinstatement must also be approved by the Civil Service Commission.

55b/c Appointment:

This position is eligible for 55b/c designation and candidates with 55 b/c eligibility are encouraged to apply. Candidates must possess the minimum qualifications and a current 55b/c eligibility letter. For 55 b/c consideration, candidates must satisfy at least one of the Open Competitive qualifications listed.

*This title is part of the New York Hiring for Emergency Limited Placement Statewide Program (NY HELPS). For the duration of the NY HELPS Program, this title maybe filled via a non-competitive appointment, which means NO EXAMINATION IS REQUIRED, but all candidates must meet the minimum qualifications of the title for which they apply. At this time, agencies may recruit and hire employees by making temporary appointments. In May 2024, if a temporary NY HELPS employee is satisfactorily performing in the position, the appointment will be changed from temporary pending Civil Service Commission Action to permanent non-competitive and the official probationary period will begin.

At a future date (within one year of permanent appointment), it is expected employees hired under NY HELPS will have their non-competitive employment status converted to competitive status, WITHOUT HAVING TO TAKE A CIVIL SERVICE TEST. Employees will then be afforded with all of the same rights and privileges of competitive class employees of New York State. While serving permanently in a NY HELPS title, employees may take part in any promotion examination for which they are qualified.

While temporary, a FULL BENEFITS PACKAGE is available. Please visit to learn more about the exceptional benefits we offer.

Preferred Qualifications:

The preferred candidate should be a highly motivated individual interested in working in public service as part of an active legal team with at least three years’ experience as a New York State Attorney. Preferred qualifications include strong research and writing skills, eager to learn new subject areas, demonstrated sound judgment, excellent oral communication skills.

Duties Description The Motor Vehicle Referee, acting as an Administrative Law Judge, will be engaged in professional legal work conducting administrative hearings and rendering decisions for the adjudication of moving traffic violations, as well as those involving fatal accidents, persistent violators, false statements on Motor Vehicle documents, or driving without insurance. They will also conduct hearings involving charges of violations of the Vehicle and Traffic Law and the Commissioner’s Rules and Regulations by commercial establishments such as repair shops, dealers, inspection stations, driving schools, commercial bus drivers and school bus operators. In some cases, the incumbent will prepare cases for review by the Motor Vehicle’s Appeals Board. In addition to the New York Vehicle and Traffic Laws and Commissioner’s Rules and Regulations, the incumbent of this position will also render decisions for violations of the Navigation Law by boaters, and the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Laws by operators of snowmobiles. Decisions are also influenced by the Zero Tolerance Program as well as new regulations concerning emission inspections.

Additional Comments **Positions available in all five Metro Counties (New York, Bronx, Kings, Richmond, and Queens)**
Downstate Adjustment Location Pay of $3,400.

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.




Email Address


Street 6 Empire State Plaza

Room 321

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12228


Notes on ApplyingSend a cover letter (referencing the Vacancy ID noted at the top of this posting) indicating how you meet the qualifications for appointment. Please also include a clear and concise resume. Submit all documents to the email address listed above. Candidates applying from outside DMV may be asked for their Social Security number to verify NYS employment history and transfer eligibility. The Department of Motor Vehicles is committed to diversity and equal opportunity, and to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace, and we encourage all qualified individuals to apply, including people with disabilities or any other protected category under the law. Our goal as an employer is to reflect the diverse identities, experiences and geographies of the communities and customers we serve. Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

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