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The following are necessary forms for civil service exams and recruitments. Forms can filled out, printed, mailed or emailed to the Department of Human Resources.  Contact our office with any questions you may have about completing any of these forms.

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  • 845-486-2169
  • 845-486-2186
  • Human Resources
    Dutchess County Office Building
    22 Market Street, 5th Floor
    Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Examination Hotline 845-486-2167
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Cross-Filer Form for Civil Service Examinations (.pdf)

Candidates who apply for multiple civil service examinations scheduled on the same date in different jurisdictions must make arrangements to take all examinations at one test site. The Cross-Filer Form (.pdf) must be completed and filed no later than two (2) weeks before the exam date. 


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    Dutchess County Department of Human Resources 
    22 Market St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Change of Address/Name/Other for Civil Service Examinations and Recruitments (.pdf)

Candidates who have filed applications for examination or employment, job reference forms or other information and/or whose names are on civil service examination eligible lists should file the Change of Address/Name/Other for Civil Service Examinations and Recruitments Form (.pdf) with the Dutchess County Department of Human Resources in order to update their records with changes in personal information such as name, legal residence, mailing address, phone number, etc.


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    Dutchess County Department of Human Resources
    22 Market St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Examination or Employment Application (.pdf) | Apply Online

The Examination or Employment Application (.pdf)  | Apply Online form is used to apply for a civil service examination or job opening that has been announced. The candidate should read the examination or recruitment announcement prior to completing this application to determine the required minimum qualifications for the position. Please read the instructions(.pdf) carefully. Further information can be found under "General Exam Info" and "Important Exam Info" under Dutchess County Department of Human Resources.


  • Most examinations are announced 3 to 6 weeks before they are held. Completed applications may be submitted only during the announced filing period and must be submitted by the announced deadline.
  • Application must be signed.
  • Make sure that you meet the minimum qualifications indicated on the exam announcement before applying.
  • A non-refundable processing fee must accompany each application for an examination for the amount indicated on the examination announcement (no fee is required for applications for announced job openings).
  • Make check or money order payable to Commissioner of Finance and include on the check:
    - your name
    - social security number
    - exam title
    - exam number
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    Dutchess County Department of Human Resources
    22 Market St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Veterans Service Credit

Candidates may be eligible to receive a veterans’ credit of 5 points in an open competitive examination and 2.5 points on a promotion examination, if they meet certain criteria listed below. Veterans may be eligible for an additional credit of 5 points on an open competitive examination (for a total of 10 points) and 2.5 points on a promotion examination (for a total of 5 points) if they meet additional criteria to be classified as a disabled veteran.  Those individuals who meet the criteria below, must submit a Veterans’ Credit Application (.pdf) form along with a copy of their DD-214 Separation from Service form or Discharge Papers to our office. (Note: DD-214 or Discharge Papers must indicate honorable discharge or release under honorable conditions).  For Disabled Veterans’ Credit, the candidate must also submit a Disability Record Authorization (.pdf) form. The Veterans’ Credit Application form and Disability Record Authorization form are available from this office. Under these criteria, all documentation must be submitted to this office prior to the establishment of the eligible list.

Criteria for Veterans’ Credit

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of application and examination
  2. Reside in New York State at time of application for examination
  3. Have received an honorable discharge or been released under honorable conditions. It also includes veterans who have an Other-Than-Honorable (OTH) or a General Under Honorable Conditions Discharge due to any of the following:
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
    • Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
    • Sexual Orientation
    • Gender Identity

Criteria for Disabled Veterans

  1. Veteran was disabled in the actual performance of duty;
  2. Veteran is currently receiving payments from the Veterans’ Administration for such disability, which is rated at 10% or more.

NOTE:  Veterans who have used non-disabled veteran credits for a Civil Service appointment or promotion and who were/are subsequently certified as being a disabled veteran by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, are entitled to additional credits for a subsequent appointment or promotion.  For more information, contact the Dutchess County Department of Human Resources.

For candidates in the armed forces as of the date of the examination:
Those individuals who are in the armed services but will meet the above criteria at the time of discharge must provide proof of active status (military ID card, military orders, or other official military document) as of the date of the exam. This proof of active status should be submitted at time of application but cannot be accepted after the eligible list is established. Credits will be conditionally assigned to the candidate but will not be added to the candidate’s grade until the individual is actually discharged and submits the documentation described under candidates already discharged at date of examination.

NOTE:  Veterans’ Credits may only be used once for actual appointment. Upon appointment, credits assigned to other eligible lists will be removed and future credit denied.  Veterans’ Credits may only be added to a passing score (70.0 or higher).

Revised 3/98
Revised 8/01
Revised 09/22

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Dutchess County Department of Human Resources
22 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601