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Trooper - Trainee Applicant Process


   STEP 1 Application, Forms, Testing
  1. Submit your application on-line. Your application will be reviewed and you will be notified by email to continue on to step 2 through 4 if you meet the minimum requirements.
  2. Print and complete the Waiver for Trooper Trainee (RC-99) (PDF) form.  This form must be notarized by a notary or DPS employee.
  3. Print and complete the Background Investigation Questionnaire (RC-4A) (PDF) form. This form must be notarized by a notary.
  4. Print and complete the Self Evaluation Questionnaire (RC-5) form. The signature on this form should be witnessed by a Department employee.
  5. All forms must be submitted with the required documents before you will be scheduled for testing (original certified copy of your birth certificate or naturalization paperwork, current credit report, certified college Transcripts, DD-214 for military personnel only, certified High School transcripts, copy of Social Security Card, and copy of Drivers License) to the nearest Recruiter/Tester by mail or in person. Please bring your Social Security Card and Drivers License to be verified on the day you test.
  6. If you have not been issued a DD-214 you may provide a memorandum from your Commanding Officer or have your Commanding Officer complete the Department’s Military Discharge Form (PDF).
  7. Certified Copy of Court Disposition for all charges of Class B and above or Class C involving family violence or official duties.
  8. All out of state police officers must provide a letter of good standing from their department stating they are not under investigation.

   STEP 2 Physical Demands Test (-)

  1. Fitness Requirements
  2. Row 2000 Meters on a Concept2 Rower Concept2 Rowing Video

   STEP 3 Written Test***

  1. Reading
  2. Arithmetic

Trooper Trainee practice test (PDF)

*STEP 1 Through STEP 3 Are Completed On Applicant's Test Date*


   STEP 4 Polygraph Examination

   STEP 5 File Review

  1. Only the top candidates will continue to the next step

   STEP 6 Assessment Board

  1. Only the top candidates will continue to the next step

   STEP 7 File Review

  1. Only the top candidates will continue to the next step

   STEP 8 Conditional Job Offer Testing

  1. Psychological Evaluation
  2. Medical Examination
  3. Vision Test

   STEP 9 Background Investigation

   STEP 10 Final Approval Review

   STEP 11 Letter of Invitation to the DPS Training Academy

***Pass/Fail Only
(-) Based On Minimal Accumulative Cut Off Score
***Study Materials Available (Not Civil Service Exams)