Motor Vehicle Detective

at State of Maine, Bureau of Human Resources in Portland, Maine, United States

Job Description

Motor Vehicle Detective

Portland , Maine , United States | Law Enforcement | Full-time | Partially remote Apply by: Oct. 11, 2022 Apply with Linkedin Apply

Job Class Code: 7301

Grade: 20

Salary: $24.13 – $31.90/hr, plus .85/hr availability pay

Opening: September 26, 2022

Closing: October 11, 2022

Are you looking for a rewarding career with opportunity for advancement and weekends off? Do you enjoy contributing to a team a and contributing to the safety of the roads in Maine, we want you on our team!!

Apply Now, we offer superior benefits (highlighted below) including: 13 paid holidays, 12 sick days and 3+ weeks vacation to start!


The Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles is seeking candidates for a full time Motor Vehicle Detective for the Division of Enforcement, Anti-Theft & Regulations covering Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Kennebec and Androscoggin Counties. This is investigative and protective services work. This position investigates cases related to stolen vehicles, stolen parts, catalytic converter theft, title fraud, insurance fraud, unlicensed dealer activity, and consumer complaints. This position also conducts complex investigations into, identity theft, driver’s license fraud, and registration fraud. Additionally, this position provides specialized training to vehicle dealers and law enforcement agencies on all aspects of Maine Motor Vehicle Statutes Annotated, specifically laws that pertain to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. MV Detectives also conduct internal investigations when assigned by the Director, and all other law enforcement assignments directed by the Secretary of State. Work is performed under limited supervision. Statewide travel is required. Applicant must live within 35 miles of assigned area within 6 months of hire.

Typical duties:

+ Conducts in-depth investigations pertaining to stolen vehicles, stolen parts, catalytic converter theft, title fraud, insurance fraud, unlicensed dealer activity, and consumer complaints in order to enforce motor vehicle and criminal laws.

+ Conducts internal and external investigations in sensitive areas such as theft by employees, municipalities, workers compensation claims, and complaints against motor vehicle employees in order to provide management with facts upon which corrective action can be taken.

+ Prepares and executes arrests and search warrants; issues summonses; serves suspensions; retrieves plates, licenses, and ID cards; and procures fees in order to enforce applicable laws, rules, and regulations.

+ Conducts investigations into automobile dealerships in order to ensure compliance with all applicable rules, regulations, and laws.

+ Conducts in-depth investigations into suspected fraud on petitions for special and related social referendum in order to ensure compliance with appropriate statutory procedures.

+ Conducts in-depth investigations into suspected cases of odometer and financial fraud in order to enforce motor vehicle and criminal laws.

+ Conducts investigations into automobile salvage operations including Auto Graveyard and Recycler laws in order to ensure compliance with all applicable rules, regulations, and laws.

+ Testifies in civil, district, superior, and federal court in order to present investigative findings.

+ Prepares and submits comprehensive investigative reports in order to document activities.

+ Prepares and presents cases, evidence, and witnesses in District Court in order to prosecute routine criminal offenses.

+ Answers questions of customers, dealers, lien holders, law enforcement officials, and others in order to provide information on motor vehicle and criminal laws, rules, regulations, operations, and procedures.

+ Cooperates and coordinates activities with national, international, state, local police, sheriffs, district attorneys, and other law enforcement agencies when executing legal and law enforcement related actions.

+ Plans, prepares, and presents training programs in order to enhance awareness and understanding of Motor Vehicle laws, rules, and regulations.

+ Serves on various committees (e.g. goals committee, law and legislation committee, training committee) in order to participate in the development of unit goals and objectives, to propose new legislation and changes to existing legislation, to increase the efficiency and effective of the unit, and to locate and suggest training opportunities.

Minimum qualifications:

+ In order to qualify you must have a four (4) year combination of education, training, and/or experience in law enforcement.

LICENSING/REGISTRATION/CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: (These must be met by all employees prior to attaining permanent status in this class).

+ Must possess a valid class “C” Maine Driver’s License and ability to obtain and maintain certification as a law enforcement officer through the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.Preference will be given to those who possess a Maine Criminal Justice Academy Basic Law Enforcement Certificate.

+ Successfully pass a National Criminal Background check, including fingerprinting; and

+ Successfully pass a pre-employment physical.

For more information or questions, please contact: or call (207) 624-9010.


No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto-“Dirigo” or “I lead”-as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce’s health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including:

+ Work-Life Balance – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays, 12 days of sick leave, and 3+ weeks of vacation leave annually. Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave.

+ Health Insurance Coverage – The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($10,150.80-$11,345.04 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.

+ Health Insurance Premium Credit – Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements.

+ Dental Insurance – The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value).

+ Retirement Plan – The State of Maine contributes 19.63% of pay to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.

+ Gym Membership Reimbursement – Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense.

+ Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts – Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses.

+ Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness – The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office.

+ Living Resources Program – Navigate challenging work and life situations with our employee assistance program.

+ Parental leave is one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child-including fathers and adoptive parents-receive four weeks of fully paid parental leave. Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act ( .

+ Voluntary Deferred Compensation – Save additional pre-tax funds for retirement in a MaineSaves 457(b) account through payroll deductions.

+ Learn about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness ( .

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Job Posting: JC224803930

Posted On: Sep 28, 2022

Updated On: Oct 13, 2022