Information For Employees Seeking Transfer

The Civil Service Law and Rules provide the conditions under which permanent employees in the competitive class may transfer to a different title, agency or geographic location. You must take the initiative by contacting agencies directly or by looking for vacancies on the Governor's Office of Employee Relations' website at Link)

State agencies have broad discretion in choosing to fill a particular job by transfer. If you wish to be considered for transfer, you should provide a current resume describing your work experience, and/or educational background and the mechanism you believe could facilitate your transfer.

What Is A Transfer?

A transfer is the movement of a permanent competitive class employee from a position in one title to a position in a different title, or from a position in one agency to a position in another agency. Both positions must be within the competitive class. Transfers are voluntary and occur with the consent of the employee after nomination by the appointing agency and the approval of the Department of Civil Service. Approval by the agency from which the employee is transferring is not required in order for the transfer to occur.

The Civil Service Law defines three different kinds of transfers:

What Are The Requirements For Transfer?

Generally, you must have had at least one year of permanent service in your current title and your current salary grade, and the transfer can be to the same or any lower salary grade, but cannot be to a title more than two salary grades (or one M grade) higher than your current title. If you are currently serving probation, you may be eligible to transfer. Transfers may not be approved if mandatory reemployment lists exist for the title to which transfer is sought.

Where can I find information on the titles to which I may be eligible to transfer?

The Glossary of Titles Inquiry Tool (GOT-IT) website provides career mobility and transfer information for State titles. You may visit this website at:

What Are The Effects Of Transfer On Employee Status?

For More Information:

For specific information on your benefits, contact the offices below:
Employee Health Insurance Leave Accruals Retirement Salary
(518) 457-5754 - Civil Service (518) 457-2295 - Civil Service (518) 474-7736 - Employee Retirement System Contact your Personnel Office

For information concerning a specific transfer, contact the Career Mobility Office at 1-800-553-1322 or email:

The NYS Department of Civil Service has several Outreach & Information Centers locations which you may visit or call.