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Application Process

Step 1: Application and Forms

  1. Submit the online application at http://careers.ohio.gov.

  2. a. Click the “Search for State of Ohio Government Jobs” link.
    b. Under “Agencies” click the box next to “Public Safety.”  Click the “Apply Search” button.
    c. Click the “Highway Patrol Cadet” link.
    d. Scroll down and click the “Apply” link.
    e. New users, click the “Create an Account” link. If you have an account, log in with your username and password.

    *If you meet the minimum requirements you will be notified by email to proceed to the next step.

  3. Print a copy of your application.

  4. a. Log into your profile and click "Application Status."
    b. Click “View” on the Highway Patrol Cadet line.
    c. Click the link at the top for the printable version of the application; click "File," then "Print."

  5. Print and complete:

  6. Physician Release (OHP 1463)  PDF | Word
    Must be completed by a licensed physician within 90 days of your initial test.

    Vision Specialist’s Report (OHP 1181)  PDF | Word
    Must be completed by a certified optometrist or ophthalmologist within six months of your initial test date.

    Hearing Report (OHP 1188)  PDF | Word
    Must be completed by a certified otolaryngologist (ENT) or audiologist within six months of your initial test date.

    Pre-Employment Questionnaire (OHP 1462)
    Answer all questions honestly and completely.

    Applicant Release (OHP 0215)  PDF | Word
    Witness signature required; a witness can be anyone over the age of 18.

    Notification and Authorization for Employment Credit Report (OHP 1155)
    Witness signature required; a witness can be anyone over the age of 18. Please retain a copy of “A Summary of Your Rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.”

    Supplemental Nepotism Statement (DPS 0149)
    List any relatives currently employed by the state of Ohio and any employment you have had with the state of Ohio.

    Supplemental Employment Agreement (DPS 0150)
    Print your name at the top of the page, sign, date and include your date of birth at the bottom of the page.

    Tattoo, Body Art, Intentional Body Modification Declaration (DPS 0230)
    Witness signature required; a witness can be anyone over the age of 18.

    Authorization for Release of Information
    Sign and date this form.

    Limited Tax Waiver (Ohio Department of Taxation)
    Must be notarized; may require spouse signature.


  7. Other application requirements:

  8. a. Identity Documents

    - Passport photo: photo only; do not submit a passport book. The photo will not be returned to you.
    - Copy of your birth certificate.
    - Copy of your driver license.
    - Copy of your Social Security card.
    - Copy of your marriage license (if applicable).
    - Copy of any/all divorce decrees (if applicable).
    - Copies of ALL paperwork pertaining to a divorce or separation, including financial or visitation agreements.
    - Copies of title, registration and proof of insurance for all vehicles owned by you or your spouse.
    - Copies of DD-214 and ALL military records (if applicable).
    - Copies of naturalization forms (if applicable).

    b. Education Documents

    - Copy of your high school diploma or GED certificate and ALL grade transcripts.
    - Copies of your college diploma and certificates of completion for any other schooling and ALL grade transcripts from
       any type of schooling past high school. These must be in a sealed envelope from the school.

    c. Medical Documents

    - List of ALL doctors and dentists of any you have seen; include name, address, phone number, date and reason.
       Also include clinics or hospitals, if applicable.
    - Copies of ALL medical records from the doctors, dentists, clinics or hospitals listed.
       These must be in a sealed envelope from the respective offices.


Return all forms/items by mail 14 days prior to your scheduled test date:

     Ohio State Highway Patrol
     Office of Recruitment
     740 East 17th Avenue
     Columbus, Ohio 43211

You will receive a confirmation email upon receipt of the forms. If we do not receive your properly completed forms prior to your test date, you will not be permitted to test.

*Applicants who do not meet our Hearing and/or Vision Standards will not be permitted to continue the hiring process.


Step 2: Written Exam

The Office of Recruitment will administer a 50-item exam, which is divided into six sections: Crash Diagrams, Ethical Dilemmas, Spelling and Vocabulary, Map Reading, Math and Scenario Based Questions. Calculators and pencils will be provided. Applicants who do not receive a passing score of at least 70% will be dismissed from the session. Applicants who pass the exam will immediately move on to the Physical Fitness Assessment.

  • There is not a study guide for the exam.
  • You must bring your valid driver license with you.
  • Business attire required: NO blue jeans, bare midriffs, shorts, tennis shoes or miniskirts.


Step 3: Physical Fitness Assessment

The Ohio State Highway Patrol requires each applicant to provide a completed Physician Release form (this is completed during Step 1) prior to the physical fitness assessment before he/she will be allowed to participate. A statement must be obtained from a licensed physician that the applicant is of sufficient physical condition to undergo the assessment. The examination must be completed within 90 days assessment.

The physical fitness assessment consists of a timed 1.5 mile run, one minute timed push-ups and one minute timed sit-ups. Below are the minimum fitness standards. Time allowed is based on Aerobics Institute's 30th percentile, based on age and gender.

*The 1.5 mile run may be conducted outside or inside, depending on weather. Bring appropriate clothing and running shoes to perform the physical fitness assessment in either environment.

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*Applicants who successfully complete Steps 1 through 3 will sign the “Conditional offer of Employment” at this time.


Step 4: Polygraph Exam

Applicants who successfully complete the written and physical fitness examinations will be contacted by the Office of Investigative Services to schedule a polygraph exam. Refusal to take or complete the polygraph examination will result in immediate rejection of the applicant.


Step 5: Background Investigation

Ohio State Highway Patrol investigators will conduct a complete and thorough investigation of your background to determine your suitability for employment as an Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper. Your family, friends, neighbors, present and former employers, fellow employees, school officials, physicians, firms with which you have done business, courts and local law enforcement agencies, etc. will be contacted as part of this investigation. An in-depth interview will be held with you at a location of the investigator’s choosing.


Step 6: Drug Screen

Applicants will submit to a mandatory drug urinalysis by a Division-approved regional medical lab. Applicants must have a negative test to successfully complete the background investigation portion of the hiring process. Applicants with a positive result on the drug urinalysis will be immediately disqualified from the hiring process.


Step 7: Selection Committee

The completed background investigation will be presented to the Screening Committee, which will review the information and make a determination of your qualifications for employment as an Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper.


Step 8: Acceptance/Orientation

Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the Academy and the date and time of the mandatory orientation.


Step 9: Training Academy

Cadets will attend the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy in Columbus for 24-26 weeks of training. Cadets will live at the Academy during week and are released for weekends.


Step 10: Field Training

A newly-appointed trooper will serve a field training period of not less than 60 working days after graduation from the Academy. The FTO is expected to work all three shifts (approximately 20 days on day shift, 20 days on afternoon shift and 20 days on midnight shift) to ensure the new trooper develops the necessary skills and experience needed to proficiently carry out all job tasks.