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Raymond P. Martinez

Raymond P. Martinez is the sixth Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) since its establishment by Congress in 2000.  Nominated by President Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Ray was sworn into office by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao on February 28, 2018.  The Agency he leads regulates more than 530,000 trucking companies, 12,000 bus and motorcoach operators and approximately 4 million interstate commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders.


Ray possesses extensive experience in highway safety, large agency management and public service.  Immediately prior to his arrival at FMCSA, Ray served for eight years as Chairman and Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission where he was involved in all aspects of roadway safety.  As Chief Administrator, he oversaw 2,500 employees and was responsible for a $330 million annual operating budget as well as more than $1 billion in annual revenue.  Additionally, he was a member of the State Planning Commission, which handled matters including land use, transportation planning and environmental protection.

During the administration of George W. Bush, Ray served as Deputy Chief/Acting Chief of Protocol at the U.S. Department of State, representing the President in official matters with 186 foreign Ambassadors in Washington, D.C., as well as frequently traveling with the President and other senior-level U.S delegations on diplomatic missions abroad.

He previously served for five years as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles overseeing a network of 129 offices statewide, providing customer service to more than 20 million residents each year.  In this role, he also served as Chairman of the State Highway Traffic Safety Committee.

A graduate of St. John’s University School of Law, Ray is an attorney who has worked in the New York State Attorney General’s Office as Deputy Chief of Staff and as a Special Counsel.  He has also worked as an attorney in private practice.  He is a past Regional President, and twice National Board Member, of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA). 

Throughout his career, Ray has been dedicated to providing excellence in public service.  He believes strongly in open communications and bringing stakeholders together to achieve creative solutions that strengthen safety and improve the quality of life for all Americans.

Updated: Monday, October 1, 2018
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