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Tests in January and Later; Application Fee is $47

Traffic Enforcement Agent Job With City Offered at $30,706

Promotion, Higher Salary Come After One Year

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The city is holding exams for Traffic Enforcement Agents, through January and again in March and May. The minimum salary is $30,706 per year and is subject to collective-bargaining increases. There are three assignment levels at higher salary rates.

Scope of Duties

At Assignment Level I, Traffic Enforcement Agents patrol an assigned area and enforce laws, rules and regulations relating to stopped and moving vehicles. Among other duties, they prepare and issue paper and electronic summonses for violations; prepare and issue summonses to vehicles and motorists; testify at administrative hearing offices and court; and prepare reports. Traffic Enforcement Agents work outdoors in all types of weather and patrol on foot for long periods of time.

Appointments will be made to Assignment Level 1. Upon satisfactory completion of the one-year probationary period, candidates will be eligible for appointment to Assignment Level 2;


Appointees will be required to successfully complete a training course prior to the end of the probationary period.

Appointees must have a valid New York State driver’s license. Assignment to Traffic Enforcement Agent Level III requires a tow-truck endorsement on their license.

Medical and psychological guidelines have been established for the position of Traffic Enforcement Agent. Applicants will be examined to determine whether they can perform the essential functions of the position.

Eligibles may have to pass an additional medical screening before assignment to Assignment Level III, and also must pass a drug screening prior to appointment. Assignment to Traffic Enforcement Agent Level IV requires qualification for Special Patrolman status from the NYPD.


Applicants will be given a multiple-choice test at a computer terminal. A passing score is 70 percent. The test may include questions which require written comprehension, written expression, memorization, problem sensitivity, information ordering, spatial orientation, deductive and inductive reasoning, mathematical reasoning and number facility.

Applicants passing the test will have their names placed in final-score order on an eligible list and given a list number. Those meeting all requirements and conditions will be considered for appointment when their names are reached on the eligible list.

Applying for and scheduling this exam must be done through the Online Application System (OASys) here.

Education, Residency


Applicants must have a high-school diploma or its educational equivalent. Those applicants educated outside the United States must have their foreign education evaluated to determine qualifications for Special Patrolman Status. Residency requirements vary by title, appointing agency and length of service, and incumbents might need to be a city resident within 90 days of the dates of appointment.

The position is subject to investigation before appointment and a fingerprint screening. Applicants are responsible for the $75 fee.

Tests are conducted in Forest Hills,  Queens, at 118-35 Queens Blvd., 5th Floor; in Brooklyn at 210 Joralemon St., 4th Floor; in Staten Island at 135 Canal St., 3rd Floor, in Manhattan at 2 Lafayette St., 17th Floor; and in the Bronx at 1932 Arthur Ave. 2nd Floor.

A monthly schedule of the days and times for applying, scheduling and testing will be available within the week prior to the first day of each month here and at the DCAS Computer-based Testing & Applications Centers.

The January test number is 9325, the March test number is 9327, and the May test number is 9317.

More information on the position and testing requirements can be found online here.

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