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Iowa Department of Administrative Services Motor Vehicle Officer in State of Iowa, Iowa

Motor Vehicle Officer

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Motor Vehicle Officer


$56,742.40 - $84,240.00 Annually


State of Iowa - See Job Description, IA

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645 Iowa Department of Transportation

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8/4/2021 11:59 PM Central

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Job Description

We’re Hiring: Persons searching for a rewarding career as a state law enforcement officer are encouraged to apply for vacancies in select counties across Iowa (see locations below).

What we need: The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is searching persons for the position of Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officer. Our vision of a Motor Vehicle Officer is a person centered on public service, equal justice under the law and fundamental fairness for everyone. We will want you patrolling Iowa’s highway system, a critical component to everything that is vital to Iowa’s economy and growth. Motor Vehicle Enforcement is a nationally recognized, pro-employee, progressive law enforcement agency…We need caring, relentless, thick-skinned, vigilantly driven professionals with a growth mindset. This is a specialized and technical field of law enforcement. It requires persons with attention to detail who are not afraid to get their hands dirty…literally.

Our Mission: The Iowa DOT/MVE strives to get you there safely, efficiently and conveniently. The Department is seeking persons of high moral and ethical conduct, motivated to help fulfill this mission. Much like finding a needle in a haystack, a unicorn or four-leaf clover, MVE is searching for the right person to join our family. It’s important you’re a good a fit for us, and us a good fit for you. Are you here for the right reason? still interested? See below

Specific Law Enforcement Duties: Successful applicants interested in this state law enforcement officer position are expected to enforce all state traffic and criminal law. With primary focus in enforcement of the federal motor carrier safety regulations, hazardous materials regulations, vehicle size, vehicle weight, registration, fuel tax and driver’s license. MVE officers patrol highways in rural areas, in small town Iowa and large metropolitan cities. We staff 11 state weigh stations located in various locations across the state. You will be expected to enhance the safety of the public on days, nights, weekends, and holidays…in the sunshine, the rain and snow. You are expected to accomplish this as an educated, caring, professional affecting safety through education and enforcement action when necessary. It’s your job to preserve and protect Iowa’s infrastructure and highway systems each and every day.

These technical and specialized duties, in addition to other common law enforcement responsibilities are examples of our work.

MVE Officer Position Locations

Locations Posted-Residency required

1.Scott, Cedar, Clinton, Muscatine

2.Iowa, Keokuk, Washington, Johnson

3.Woodbury, Plymouth, Sioux, Cherokee

4.Pottawattamie, Cass, Adair, Union

5.Montgomery, Adams, Page, Taylor

6.Pottawattamie, Harrison, Shelby, Cass

7.Story, Boone, Green, Dallas

As a successful applicant, you will have the choice to reside in one of the four counties listed per item number (i.e. Monona/ Crawford/Harrison/Shelby– reside in any one county).

Physical Fitness Testing & Police Officer Selection Test

Proposed Requirements: A successful candidate must meet and maintain Iowa Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) and MVE minimum hiring standards.

Lifting: Occasionally lifts/lowers, carries objects (50 to 75 pounds), such as portable scales).

License: A valid driver's license must be possessed and maintained.

Travel: Overnight travel not regularly required.

Rotating shifts: 10-hour shifts with rotating days off. 40-hour work week Mon-Sun. Varying shifts between days, evenings, and nights, depending on schedule rotation. Typical rotation of 4 weeks days, 1-week nights and 2 weekend shift every six weeks.

Training: Progressive multi-discipline law enforcement training, emphasis on personal growth mindset

Potential relocation costs: per Iowa Department of Administrative services policy.

Rewards Package: We provide a variety of benefits that help us focus on our mission. View our abundance of perks and discounts available by clicking on the links below.Benefits-Beyond-the-Paycheck ( Have a calling to serve? What are you waiting for? Apply today!

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Candidates for these positions, in accordance with Iowa Administrative Code 501, Chapter 2 must:

  • Be a United States citizen and a resident of Iowa (or intend to become a resident upon hire).

  • Be at least eighteen years of age at the time of hire.

  • Possess a valid driver's license issued by the State of Iowa (or be eligible to obtain one upon hire).

  • Possess a high school diploma or GED equivalency certificate.

For additional information, please click on thislink to view the job description. (

Additional Qualification Requirements

In addition, a post-employment requirement of these positions is graduation and certification from an academy approved by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) Director and Council. Additional qualifications needed for admittance to an ILEA approved academy are as follows:

  • Pass drug-screening requirements.

  • Pass a background investigation (including a fingerprint search).

  • Have no felony convictions or involvement in crimes of moral turpitude.

  • Pass a physical agility test.

  • Willingness to use force when necessary to fulfill duties of job.

  • Have uncorrected visions of not less than 20/100 in both eyes (corrected to 20/20) and normal color vision.

  • Have normal hearing in each ear.

  • Is examined by a licensed physician or surgeon and meets the physical requirements necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of a law enforcement officer.

  • Pass cognitive and personality tests.

  • Pass a firearms qualifying test.

  • Pass a polygraph test.

  • All applicants must be at least eighteen years of age, be United States citizens, be an Iowa resident at time of employment, and possess a valid Iowa Driver's License.

Join Us!

Whether it's caring for those in need, making highways safer, or improving agriculture production, the work that we do matters to the people of Iowa.

We take our responsibilities and the public trust very seriously. We are committed to delivering the services that matter most to the people of Iowa. If you have the skills, the commitment and the desire to make a difference, then we invite you to explore the career opportunities available with the State of Iowa.


State government is one of the largest employers in Iowa, and also one of the most diverse. From state trooper to nurse to engineer, the state offers a wide variety of career opportunities.


The state offers paid vacation, sick time and holidays, a defined benefit retirement plan, health, dental, vision, and long-term disability insurance along with flexible spending accounts. For more information, please visit the executive branch employee benefits website ( .

The State of Iowa is committed to providing an outstanding employment experience. Check out thisBenefits Beyond the Paycheck brochure ( .


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    Are you a United States citizen and a resident of Iowa (or intend to become a resident upon hire)?

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    Will you be at least eighteen years of age at the time of hire?

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    Do you possess a valid driver's license issued by the State of Iowa (or be eligible to obtain one upon hire)?

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    Do you possess a high school diploma or GED equivalency certificate?

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    I have verified that the social security number (SSN) submitted with this application is correct. (A valid SSN is necessary for law enforcement applications).

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