Motor Vehicle Detective

Portland, Maine, United States Full-time

Job Class Code: 7301
Grade: 20
Salary: $22.80 - $30.04 (includes .85/hr availability pay)
Opening: August 9, 2019

Closing: August 23, 2019

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 in the Portland, Maine area.  This position will serve the Cumberland, Oxford, Sagadahoc, and Androscoggin Counties.  This is investigative and protective services work.  Responsibilities include: licensing, regulation, and enforcement of laws concerning various types of vehicle dealers, title fraud, odometer fraud, auto theft investigations, registration evasion, insurance fraud, driver license and state identification card fraud, various types of consumer complaints and enforcement and regulation of the recycling and salvage vehicle industry.  Work includes conducting complex field investigations, preparing comprehensive reports, recommending completed investigations for prosecution, and testifying at legal proceedings.  Work is performed under limited supervision.  Statewide travel is required.  Applicants must reside within 30 miles from Portland within probationary period.


  • Conducts in-depth investigations pertaining to stolen vehicles, title, license, registration, identity, and insurance fraud and anti-theft matters 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.


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.


Value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.31 biweekly

Value* of State-paid Health Insurance:

  • Level 1:  100% State Contribution (employee pays nothing):  $461.75 biweekly
  • Level 2:  95% State Contribution (employee pays 5%):  $438.66 biweekly
  • Level 3:  90% State Contribution (employee pays 10%):  $415.58 biweekly
  • Level 4:  85% State Contribution (employee pays 15%):  $392.49 biweekly 
  • Health and Dental Insurance rates for part-time positions must be prorated.

Value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement:  14.47 % of pay.

*The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program as of July 1, 2019.

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

The Department of the Secretary of State is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.