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Trooper 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 - Ohio State Highway Patrol Cadet.” 
    c. Click the “Apply Search” button.
    d. Click the “Highway Patrol Trooper” link.
    e. Scroll down and click the “Apply” link.
    f. If you are a new user, click the “Create an Account” link. If you have already created 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. When setting up your account, please select notification type as email.

  3. Print and complete the Applicant Release for Physical Assessment (OHP 0215 HP-47E-PFA). Review, sign and date the form. A witness signature is required; a witness can be anyone over the age of 18.   PDF | Word

  4. Print and complete the Vision Specialist’s Report (OHP 1181). This form must be completed by a certified Optometrist or Ophthalmologist within six months of your initial test date.   PDF | Word

  5. Print and complete the Hearing Report (OHP 1188.) This form must be completed by a certified Otolaryngologist (ENT) or Audiologist within six months of your initial test date.   PDF | Word

  6. Download and complete the Background Investigation Questionnaire. All questions must be answered honestly and completely. This form should be typed, not handwritten. Word

  7. All forms are to be submitted prior to your test date to


    *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 54 item exam which is divided into six sections: Crash Diagrams, Ethical Dilemmas, Spelling and Vocabulary, Map Reading, Math and Scenario based Questions. After completion of the exam, applicants who do not receive a passing score of at least 75% will be dismissed from the session. (Calculators and pencils will be provided) Applicants who pass the written 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 to your scheduled test date. Business attire is required. NO blue jeans, bare midriffs, shorts, tennis shoes or miniskirts are permitted.


    Step 3: Physical Fitness 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 twentieth (20%) percentile, based on age and gender.

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


    1.5 mile run

    Push-Ups/1 minute

    Sit-Ups/1 minute










    1.5 mile run

    Push-Ups/1 minute

    Sit-Ups/1 minute









    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 their Polygraph exam. Refusal to take or complete the polygraph examination will result in immediate rejection of the applicant from the hiring process.

    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.

    You will need to begin gathering copies of the following forms for the Background Investigator.


    1. A photocopy of your birth certificate.
    2. A photocopy of your driver’s license.
    3. A photocopy of your marriage license (if applicable).
    4. A photocopy of any/all divorce decrees (if applicable).
    5. A photocopy of your Social Security card.
    6. Copies of ALL paperwork pertaining to a divorce or separation; including financial or visitation agreements.
    7. A copy of your high school diploma or GED certificate and transcripts.
    8. Copies of your college diploma and certificates of completion for any other schooling and ALL grade transcripts of any type of additional schooling past high school. These must be in a sealed envelope from the school.
    9. Copies of title, registration and proof of insurance for all vehicles owned by you or your spouse.
    10. A 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.
    11. Copies of medical records from the doctors, clinics or hospitals for surgeries or any serious medical conditions (including allergies). These must be in a sealed envelope form the respective offices.
    12. Copies of DD-214 and ALL military records.
    13. Naturalization forms, if applicable.

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 their 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 the weekend.


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 the afternoon shift, and 20 days on the midnight shift) to ensure the new trooper develops the necessary skills and experience needed to proficiently carry out all job tasks.