Raymond Martinez

Chair and Chief Administrator of the Motor Vehicle Commission


Mr. Martinez was most recently the Deputy U.S. Chief of Protocol and Diplomatic Affairs for the U.S. Department of State and the White House. Mr. Martinez was responsible for managing five operational divisions: Diplomatic Affairs, Foreign Visits, Ceremonial Events, Blair House, and Administration. In addition he served as counsel on diplomatic immunity issues pursuant to U.S. and international law. He managed a staff of 70 and an annual budget of $8 million.

From December 2000 to December 2005, Mr. Martinez served as the Commissioner for the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. The NY Motor Vehicle Commission is a state agency that served more than 20 million customers per year and generated over $1 billion in annual revenues. Mr. Martinez served as Chairman of the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, administering of $50 million annually in federal funds for state and local highway safety projects.

Prior to serving on the NY Motor Vehicle Commission, Mr. Martinez was the Assistant General Counsel for the Long Island Power Authority, one of the largest public utilities in the nation.

He has been a member of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) and served as President of AAMVA, Region I (Mid-Atlantic and New England States & Northeast Canadian Provinces) in 2005.

Mr. Martinez received his BA from Long Island University/ C.W. Post College, in Greenvale, NY. He holds a JD from St. John's University School of Law.

Mr. Martinez lives in Middletown, NJ.

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