Employment Commercial Vehicle Enforcement
Armed Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (CVE) Officers conduct physical inspections of commercial vehicles and their payload for conformity to size, weight, and load restrictions; safety and mechanical requirements as determined by state and federal laws, rules and requirements. They are also responsible for the inspection of the driver records for conformity to licensing, log book, and permits as determined by state and federal laws, rules and requirements.
In addition, CVE Officers are required to prepare case and inspection reports to properly document violations and findings in support of legal action in district, superior, and civil court actions. Other job requirements include:
- Radio equipment operation
- Computer and scales systems operation
- Safely operate a motor vehicle
- May be required to operate monitoring devices for radioactive loads as required by state and federal laws.
For more information see our Commercial Vehicle Enforcement page.
CVE Officer Job Requirements
- Please visit the Hiring Standards page to see the minimum requirements for commissioned personnel.
One year experience in one or more of the following:
- Communications Officer
- Vehicle Identification Number Inspector
- Law Enforcement Officer.
- police science
- business administration
- public administration
All Washington State Patrol applicants are subject to background investigations, including a polygraph examination, because of the nature of the work and the security requirements.
See the Hiring Standards page for personal background forms, hiring standards, and minimum requirements.
When a polygraph is offered to an applicant, they must bring with them a certified copy of their driving record from the Department of Licensing to the polygraph appointment.
- See the Personal Background Evaluation form for more information about the background evaluation.
Hiring & Application Process
All positions are assigned to the Commercial Vehicle Division of the Washington State Patrol. There are currently 54 scale facilities within the division and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer 1s (CVEO1) are assigned to one of the eight Districts within the state for work at one of 54 scale facilities. The register established by this recruitment will be used to fill regular (rotating shift) positions as they occur statewide.
- Complete online application. (see "How to Apply" below)
- Interview and testing.
- Applicants must successfully pass a pre-employment polygraph examination.
- Be approved for employment after a thorough background investigation.
- A conditional offer of employment is made to the successful applicant(s).
- Successfully pass a departmental psychological examination and psychological interview.
- Successfully pass a departmental medical examination.
How to Apply:
We Are Currently Accepting Applications!
You can apply online at http://careers.wa.gov/. You will be asked to complete an employment profile (application) and take an exam, which is an evaluation of your experience and training.
Some locations where you may access computer terminals are:
- Washington State Human Resources
- Washington State Public Libraries
- Washington State Work Source Centers
Keep a copy of your application in case you need to provide it for an interview.
To talk to a recruiter call (509) 543-3320.
Special Note - You may only apply to take this test twice in a 12-month period with at least 30 days between tests.Back to Top
Salary, Benefits & Rank Structure
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer 1 -- Salary is $2,912 - $3,773 per month (Range 38SP)
- Furnished uniforms, equipment, and side arms.
- Retirement plans and benefit options.
- Life insurance, medical, hospitalization and dental programs.
- Vacation leave accrued at one day per month with annual increments for longevity.
- Sick leave accrued at one day a month.
An excellent career path is also available for those who wish to become involved in training and management:
- Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer 1
- Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer 2 (Lead Worker)
- Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer 3 (Supervisor)
- Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer 4 (Program Manager)
The applicant selected will be required to complete a phased training program designed to ensure the employee is trained on both the requirements for Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), inspection of commercial motor vehicles, as well as those aspects necessary for officer safety. During phases 1 and 2, the employee will be on probation for one year from date of hire and will be required to complete each phase of the training and testing. The CVSA training is a federal managed training program. Candidates who fail this training may be granted one retest, and failure of the retest is grounds for termination.
Phase One of the training will consist of on-the-job-training at the eventual work site. During this training the employee will work under the direct supervision of CVEO's to develop a basic understanding of the process of inspecting Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMV).
Phase Two of the training will consist of attendance at Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Basic Training. This eleven to thirteen week training program which is held at the Training Division in Shelton and is designed to train the employee on those job skills necessary to perform the duties of CVEO 1. This includes first aid, firearms training, defensive tactics, as well as training in Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) inspection procedures.
Phase Three of the training will consist of supervised inspections at the assigned work site. Upon completion of 32 supervised CMV inspections the employee will be certified as a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer 1.
Washington State Patrol
Human Resource Division
PO Box 42620
Olympia, WA 98504-2620
360-704-2300 - Voice
360-704-2297 - FAX
7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384 - Washington State Relay Service
The Washington State Patrol actively supports diversity in the workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For a copy of the Washington State Patrol's Equal Employment Opportunity Plan (EEOP), please contact the Human Resource Division.
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