Who we are

Great Britain’s roads are among the safest in the world.

At the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), we play a vital role helping millions of people stay safe on our roads – our vision is safer drivers, safer vehicles and safer journeys for all.

DVSA Vehicle Examiners

What we do

We help millions of people every year. We make sure learners are safe to drive, by approving driving instructors and conducting driving and theory tests. We help people keep their vehicle safe to drive by approving MOT testers and inspecting vehicles. And our teams help protect the public from unsafe vehicles and drivers through roadside enforcement activities.

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1.9 million

driving tests each year

38.5 million

MOT certificates issued
each year

2 million

theory tests each year

31,958

defective vehicles discovered
each year

Why join DVSA?

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA),  and help us to help everyone stay safe on Britain’s roads for a life time of driving.

“To make our vision a reality, we need you to join us. Our ambitious plans rely on skilled people like you.”Marian Kitson, Director of Enforcement

With the recent launch of the Enforcement strategy, this is an exciting time for you to join one of DVSA’s Enforcement teams.

There are several varied functions that make up Enforcement which range from front line activities, to office-based function support.  Our approach is being clear about road safety standards.  We use intelligence and data to target non-compliance across all the schemes we enforce so that our enforcement activity helps everyone stays safe on Britain’s roads. 

We value our staff and we know the importance of the work we do and we are proud of our contribution to road safety.

At the heart of our strategy is our ambition is that all enforcement activity is delivered by our well-trained, highly-skilled people who are trusted and respected throughout the industry.

We are focusing on our current training and development programme to ensure that everyone has the skills and capability to undertake their roles. 

We have several options available including an extensive apprenticeship programme and access to learning and development opportunities to progress your career.  We offer attractive pension options, a work and life balance and a number of wellbeing initiatives.

If you feel you can make a difference in Enforcement please apply, we look forward to you joining us in ‘making every journey safer’.

Vehicle Examiner

The Role:

As a DVSA Vehicle Examiner, you will contribute to the maintenance and improvement of road safety and standards by keeping the public safe on Britain’s roads.

You will do this by conducting inspections of various types of vehicles in a variety of locations including the roadside, MOT garages and customers premises

Vehicle Examiners work as part of a team and individually, managing their own workload whilst contributing to the performance of the wider team.

Responsibilities of a Vehicle Inspector may include:

  • Carrying out inspections of all vehicle types
  • Administration duties; including compiling reports, test certificates and documentation
  • Instigating prosecution and providing evidence to court for cases of those who break regulations
  • Maintaining excellent relationships with customers by providing quality customer service
  • Taking responsibility for the health and safety of yourself and others
  • Contributing to the teams performance to achieve targets
  • Showing leadership by supporting and working collaboratively with colleagues
  • Building relationships with internal and external stakeholders

Working at DVSA: The Benefits

As a Vehicle Examiner you’ll have access to a wide range of employee benefits, such as:

Personal developmentRewardsGreat work/life balance
Access to in-role apprenticeships up to level 7  Employer pension contribution rate of up to 30.3%Fast, modern IT kit and phones enabling seamless working from home and collaboration across the agency
Study leaveTax free childcare schemeGenerous parental and carer schemes
3 paid volunteer days per year  25 days annual leave, increasing on a sliding scale up to 30 days. Plus 8 public holidays and one further day of paid privilege entitlement to mark the Queen’s Birthday.Flexible working, including part-time working and job share options  
Individual Personal Development Plans Special recognition awardsFree health checks including workplace adjustments 
Minimum of 5 funded training days per year, plus 6-month development opportunities Cycle to work scheme  Help and support with your home and work life, and wellbeing

Interested in being a Vehicle Examiner?

To apply to be a Vehicle Examiner, and view all the current opportunities with DVSA, visit Civil Service Jobs:

Hear from our current Vehicle Examiners:

Greg, Vehicle Examiner

“The DVSA support a healthy work/ home life balance and have facilitated my working patterns to suit my childcare arrangements…

I am able to workday shifts which enables quality time in the evenings with my family. I also have the option of working from home should my work require. My job is more varied, and I manage my own workload between roadside enforcement, MOT compliance and Operator visits.”

DVSA Vehicle Examiner Christian

Christian, Vehicle Examiner

I really like the variety duties carried out as a Vehicle Examiner.

One day I can be carrying out roadside enforcement checks on HGVs, another day I may be visiting an operator with a fleet of vehicles as part of an investigation by the Traffic Commissioner or following up on roadside encounter at an Operator’s premises.”