Protecting the lives, property, and constitutional rights of people in Idaho since 1919.


Please review the following lists carefully to ensure you qualify for employment as an ISP Trooper.

Minimum Qualifications

You must meet the following requirements

Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training requirements, which include:

  • United States citizenship.
  • Graduate of a high school, or GED equivalent.
  • 2 or more years of responsible work experience or attendance at an institution of higher learning following high school graduation.
  • Fingerprint clearance by the Idaho State Police Bureau of Criminal Identification and the FBI. A conviction or withheld judgment for any local, state, or federal crime may be grounds for rejection.
  • You must posses a valid driver's license.

Additional Qualifications

Employment Disqualifiers

The following is a list of automatic employment disqualifiers at the Idaho State Police.  Do not apply if you:

  • Have any felony conviction;
  • Have any misdemeanor conviction within 5 years of your application date;
  • Have ever been decertified as a peace officer in any state or jurisdiction;
  • Have been given any of the following Military Discharges: Bad Conduct Discharge (BCD), Dishonorable Discharge (DD), or Administrative Discharge of than Honorable (OTH);
  • Do not meet the requirements of the Idaho State Police Drug Policy;
  • Have ever been fired from a job, with just cause, for any of the following reasons:
    • Theft of company property;
    • Misuse of company or department finances;
    • Falsification of time reporting or other official documents;
    • Sick leave abuse (use of sick time in violation of applicable laws, rules and procedures);
    • Drug or alcohol use that negatively affected job performance; or
    • Committing any form of illegal harassment.

Conviction for the purposes of ISP employment means that you have pled guilty or have been found guilty, notwithstanding the form of the judgment or withheld judgment.

Requests to waive any of the listed disqualifications are rarely considered and require the written approval of the ISP Director.


Idaho State Police Headquarters
700 S. Stratford Drive, Meridian, ID 83642
208.884.7000