Application Process Questions
Our application is online. All of the steps are listed online along with forms that you will be required to fill out and submit.
From submitting your application to getting your final acceptance letter to our academy can take anywhere from 3 months to 6 months.
Original and certified documents are required. All documents, with the exception of certified college transcripts, will be given back to you.
We must have your most current information and we have to follow a guideline for TCOLE documentation requirement. We ask that you apply no more than 6 months prior to being released. Keep in mind that you must be present for the entire application process.
The department will not pay for you to relocate. However, there are hardship duty stations throughout the state that have an increase of salary.
See the following chart for your waiting period to reapply:
|Physical Fitness & Written Test Failures||Six (6) months from date of last failure|
|Polygraph – Not Recommended||One (1) year from the date the email notification was sent to the applicant advising them of their status.|
|Oral Board – Not Recommended|
|Medical Evaluation – Not Recommended|
|Psychological Evaluation – Not Recommended|
|File Review – Not Recommended|
|Application Pre-Screen, Not Selected|
You must be able to complete all tasks or requirements of the academy with or without hearing aids.
During the Conditional Job Offer, you must meet the minimum requirements to be able proceed. Applicants will be rejected for color deficiencies as determined by Department of Public Safety testing, chronic inflammation of the eye or adnexa, or permanent abnormalities of either eye (including cataracts, corneal opacities, paralysis of ocular muscles, etc.). Loss of either eye will reject.
A pattern is beyond experimental use of any illegal drug.
Any pattern of behavior that in sum total reflects less than good moral character, or reflects bad habits, dishonesty, untruthfulness, antisocial attitudes, or general irresponsibility will disqualify the applicant.
Qualifications/ Requirement Questions
Please go to U.S. Department of Education. Once you open this website, click on get data for one accredited institution/campus/ site. Then put in the name of the college/university you attended. Example: Austin Community College:
Campus: Austin Community College
Once you have the institutional accreditation please check that the College/University is accredited by TCOLE. Here are the approved Regional bodies: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-CC), Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA), North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC-CIHE).
The Texas Department of Public Safety does not do lateral transfers. All interested applicants must complete the Department’s training academy to become a Texas State Trooper.
Applicants must have a minimum of 60 college earned hours from a regional accredited college or university. Prior law enforcement or military experience at the following ratios may substitute for required semester hours:
|Semester Hours||Law Enforcement/Military|
Yes, contact the Recruiter/Tester where you are interested in testing at.
Go to www.joindps.com under Find a Recruiter/Tester. Select the recruiter/tester that is convenient to your location.
Please contact the Recruiting office at 512-424-7500 or email us at JoinDPS@dps.texas.gov.
Yes, but housing will not be provided for your family. During the academy you will be required to stay in the dorms provided and will have limited access to leave.
The recruits are the only tenants at the academy.
Duty Station Questions
Duty assignments will be given in the fourth or fifth week of recruit school.
A state vacancy list of current openings based on the needs of the Department will be provided to you during the fourth or fifth week of recruit school.
There is a 12 month commitment and up to 18 months, along with the completion of the field training program.
The application process is very competitive and only the top applicants will continue in the process.
When completing the polygraph test booklet you will be given the opportunity to select 3 test locations.
Recruiting Events Questions
Go to www.joindps.com and select Recruiting events.
The Texas Department of Public Safety schedules events throughout the state. Contact your local Recruiter to come out to your Criminal Justice Class
After you have gone through the entire application process and received your acceptance letter in the academy you can inquire about the internship.
The Career internships are placed throughout the state at our Regional and District Offices.
The Academic internship application process could take up to 8 weeks.