How To Get Hired with the Department of Motor Vehicles

Step 1: Apply for an Examination

To apply for a DMV or State civil service vacancy, candidates must first take and pass an examination for the classification in which they are interested. Examination announcements (also known as “examination bulletins”) for the DMV are available in several locations:

When you find an examination for which you are interested in applying, create a CalCareer account at, complete a Standard State Application (STD 678), and submit it to the mailing address shown on the examination bulletin.

In some cases, you may be able to apply for and either take or schedule yourself for an examination online. The “Filing Instructions” section on the examination bulletin will specify whether or not this is an option.

If you have never applied for an examination online, please refer to our instructions at: How to Search and Apply for Examinations on (PDF)

Step 2: Take the Examination

If you meet the minimum requirements (also known as minimum qualifications) for the examination for which you applied, you will receive a notification stating you have been accepted into the examination. You will receive a second notice stating the time, date, and location of the examination, or you will be able to take the examination online.

The examination bulletin will state the type of examination to be conducted (e.g., written test, oral interview, or training and experience evaluation).

The examination bulletin will also state what information will appear on the examination under the section called “Knowledge and Abilities“. This is a list of knowledge, skills, and abilities candidates must possess to successfully pass the examination.

After successful completion of the examination, your name will be placed on the employment (eligible) list, grouped by score and arranged by rank.

Once your name is placed onto the list, you may apply for vacant positions in the classification for which you tested.

Step 3: Apply and Compete for Vacancies

Vacant positions are advertised in several ways:

  • Employment Contact: The DMV’s Selection and Certification Unit periodically sends out Employment Inquiry letters to individuals on the employment list, informing them of vacancies.
  • CalHR’s CalCareers Website: CalHR offers an online database of current vacancies available throughout the state. Search for vacancies at
  • Departmental Listings: Copies of the Job Postings are available at:
    DMV Headquarters
    2415 First Avenue
    Sacramento, CA 95818

After applying for a vacancy, you may be contacted for a hiring interview. These interviews are conducted to identify the candidate best suited for the vacancy.

Once you are hired, you must serve a probationary period, which is typically 6 or 12 months long. If you are hired into a “permanent” position you will become a permanent State employee after you serve and pass the probationary period.

About Us

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is seeking talented individuals who are committed to providing excellent customer service. We offer a wide variety of career opportunities in many fields, such as:

  • Licensing, Registration, and Public Safety
  • Fiscal, Administrative, and Staff Management
  • Human Resources
  • Office Support
  • Information Technology
  • Law Enforcement
  • Legal Affairs
  • Technical Classifications

If you are interested in a challenging and fulfilling career with room for job growth, consider a career with DMV. State civil service positions are filled using a list of candidates who have taken and passed State examinations.

Additional Benefits

  • Medical, Vision, and Dental Insurance
  • Retirement Plans
  • Flexible Schedules
  • Sick Leave
  • Paid Vacation
  • Paid State Holidays
  • Military Leave
  • Training Programs

Our Mission

To serve the public by providing quality licensing and motor vehicle-related services.

Our Vision

California DMV:
A recognized and trusted leader in public service.

Our Core Values

  • Honesty and integrity.
  • Commitment to serve the public.
  • Respect and consideration for each other, our customers, and the environment.
  • Accuracy and quality in all our products and services.

Selection and Certification Unit
P.O. Box 932315, MS E678
Sacramento, CA 94232-3150