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Application Process

    Applicant Processing Steps

After completion of each step you will be notified of acceptance or disqualification. Due to the various phases of the selection process, if you fail to successfully complete any phase of the selection process, you will be notified in writing following the completion of that phase. There may be opportunities to re-apply or request re-consideration to re-apply.


  1. Complete the online application.

    a. Click on link, http://careers.ohio.gov
    b. Click on the “Search for State of Ohio Government Jobs” link.
    c. Under “Agencies” click on the box next to “Public Safety.”  Click on the “Apply Search” button.
    d. Click on the “Highway Patrol Cadet” link.
    e. Scroll down and click on the “Apply” link.
    f. If you are a new user, click on the “Create an Account” link.  If you have already created an account, you will need to log in with your username and password.

    For more information, call 614-644-4213 or send an email to ADRecruit@dps.ohio.gov

  2. Physical Fitness Assessment & Written Exam

  3. Polygraph Examination

  4. Background Investigation

  5. Drug test

  6. Screening Committee Review


Final Acceptance of employment - The entire selection process generally takes 2 months.  Applicants will be informed by letter of final acceptance for employment. Out-of-State residents must obtain an Ohio license and Ohio residency prior to entrance into the Academy.



Application Checklist


Applicant Release

Physician Release - Must be completed within 30 days of your initial test date

Vision Specialist Report - Must be completed by a certified Optometrist or Ophthalmologist within six months of your initial exam date.

Hearing Specialist Report - Must be completed by a certified Otolaryngologist (ENT) or Audiologist within six months of your initial test date.

Measurement Chart -  PDF   Word

Pre-Employment Questionnaire




Physical Fitness Assessment:

The Physical Fitness Assessment consists of four areas of testing; an endurance test, timed push-ups, and timed sit-ups. Applicants will be required to provide a release signed by a medical doctor releasing the applicant for physical activity.

Endurance Test

You will be required to run the entire length of a one and one-half mile course. This is a timed event.  Time allowed is based on Aerobics Institute's thirtieth (30%) percentile, based on age and gender.

One Minute Timed Push-ups and Sit-ups. Each applicant will be given one minute per exercise to complete as many push-ups and sit-ups possible.


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Written exam:

You will be administered a 50 item exam, which is divided into six sections: Crash Diagrams, Ethical Dilemmas, Spelling and Vocabulary, Map Reading, Math, and Scenario Based Questions. You will have 75 minutes to complete the written exam. After completion of the exam, you will be notified of your score. You must pass the exam in order to move onto the next phase of the hiring process.


Polygraph Examination

Refusal to take the polygraph examination when requested will result in the rejection of your application.

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.

The following occurrences in your background could result in rejection of your application:

    1. Have you, recently used any of the following that was not prescribed by a physician: speed, steroids, cocaine, crack, heroin, amphetamines, or any other drug of abuse? Have you recently used marijuana?

    2. Have you ever sold or established pattern abuse of any of the following: heroin, cocaine, LSD, crack, crank, or PCP?

    3. Have you pled Guilty or No Contest to or had a conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol and or drugs within the past five years, or more than one charge ever?

    4. Are you currently in the Pretrial process for any criminal charge other than a traffic violation?

    5. Do you currently have six or more points on your driving record in any jurisdiction?

    6. Have you ever been convicted of or plead Guilty or No Contest to the following:

    A.  Aggravated Vehicular Homicide (2903.06 Ohio Revised Code).
    B.  Aggravated Vehicular Assault (2903.08 Ohio Revised Code).

    7. Have you ever failed to meet the requirements of child support statutes, or a court order relating to the subject, due to a reason other than your inability to pay?

    8. Have you ever been a participant in any of the following acts?

    A.  Sexual relations with a child or a person of a childlike mind.
    B.  Molestation
    C.  Voyeurism
    D.  Incest
    E.  Forced a person into a sexual act
    F.  Coerced a person into a sexual act by intimidation, intoxication, deception

    9. Have you ever been convicted of domestic violence or a domestic violence related offense?

Answering yes to any of the questions presented above will NOT result in the rejection of your application at this time.  However, if you decide to continue with the selection process, your application will likely be rejected after an official review of your application packet by the Highway Patrol Screening Committee.  You may decide to either continue processing and be rejected at that time, or you may voluntarily withdraw from the selection process by notifying a Recruitment officer.  This is not an all inclusive list, as there may be other reasons your application could be rejected.


Drug Test

You will be asked to submit to a urinalysis during the background investigation process.


Screening Committee:

After completing the background process, the Division’s Screening Committee will review your background  and render a final acceptance letter to the applicant in writing.