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    United States citizen

    Established Ohio residency and obtain a valid Ohio operator’s license prior to commission

    20 to 34 years of age

    Valid operator’s license 

    High school diploma or GED 



    Processing Requirements

    Complete 2 month application process including a pre-employment polygraph examination, a background investigation, a medical examination, and a physical fitness evaluation and assessment.

      You must have uncorrected vision no worse than 20/125 in each eye separately, correctable to 20/20 monocular vision. If your vision is worse than 20/125, you will be instructed regarding your options and you will not be permitted to continue. If your vision does not meet standards, you should call our office at 614-466-6019 or 1-866 TROOPER to cancel your examination and find out what your options are.

      The Ohio State Highway Patrol has an appearance standards policy that includes information to address tattoos and body art.  The policy reads: Tattoos or body art shall not be visible while in uniform. Applicants who have tattoos or body art that fit these criteria will be required to have them removed in order to continue in the application process.

      Complete nearly 5 months of intensive academy training, Trainees are paid $18.66/hr. and receive benefits while in training.  Trainees reside at the Academy 24hrs/day and 5 days/week.

    If you have any questions, you may contact the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Recruitment & Selection Section:

    740 E. 17th Avenue
    Columbus, OH  43211-2774
    (614) 466-6019 or toll free

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