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The Department of Civil Service will not be collecting examination fees for examinations held on or after July 1, 2023 through December 31, 2025. Additionally, any candidates who owe past due application processing fees for State examinations will have their fee(s) forgiven. If you owed a fee on an active list, your list status could have changed. Please check your list status at: https://www.cs.ny.gov/home/myaccount/


The Eligible List Management System (ELMS Online) is a centralized resource for jobseekers that provides lists of passing candidates for New York State civil service examinations.

This list of passing candidates, also known as an eligible list, ranks candidates in score order to determine who is eligible for appointment. A candidate’s score determines their ranking on the eligible list and how quickly they may be contacted by a state agency with a vacancy for that position.

Candidates who have taken a state civil service examination may log-in to ELMS Online to view examination scores, update contact information, and identify geographic preferences for certain positions.

For Frequently Asked Questions about ELMS Online, please visit the FAQ page.

My List Information  

You will need a Personal NY.gov ID to access this section. If you do not have a Personal NY.gov ID, please create an account.(External Link)

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Contact Information
Score Notices
List Preferences
Request Inactivation

Eligible Lists 

By Number
By Name
By Job Title

ELMS Online does not contain all eligible list information. Scores for local civil service examinations are maintained by each respective municipal civil service agency.

For eligible list information resulting from examinations conducted by another state agency (decentralized examinations), please contact the state agency to which you submitted your examination application.

For managed placement lists or eligible lists resulting from examinations that match your education and experience to a specific position being filled, please call the phone number provided on the managed placement list page.


For a list of all New York State agencies, visit the agencies page.

Geographic Areas  

For the purposes of list certification, New York State is divided into 14 geographic areas. The chart below indicates each of these areas and their respective counties.

Some eligible lists can only be used to fill positions in a specific area or group of areas.

Depending on the salary grade(s) of the titles being filled from the eligible list you are on, you may be active in all geographic areas, or active in a specific geographic area.

When viewing a list, if the area column contains a number(s) that indicates the area(s) where that eligible list can be used. Use the table below to identify geographic areas by number.

Area Counties
0 Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, Washington
1 Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton
2 Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Oswego, St. Lawrence
3 Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Otsego, Tioga, Tompkins
4 Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Yates
5 Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming
6 Delaware, Dutchess, Orange, Putman, Sullivan, Ulster
7 Rockland, Westchester
8 Nassau, Suffolk
9 Bronx
10 New York (Manhattan)
11 Queens
12 Kings (Brooklyn)
13 Richmond (Staten Island)

Contact Us  

If you have questions about ELMS Online or your eligible list status, please email the List Maintenance Unit at EmploymentRecords@cs.ny.gov or contact:

List Maintenance Unit
Department of Civil Service
Albany, NY 12239