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


There are three major steps in the ISP Trooper hiring process.  Each step has a series of parts that must be successfully complete in order to move on in the hiring process.

Step 1

Part 1 – Fill out an application online

Part 2 – Take the online Checklist Exam -must pass to take the LXR exam below

Part 3 – Take the online LXR Exam – timed exam

It is possible to pass the LXR exam but not score high enough to move on to the next step.  To determine a cut off score we look at a number of factors such as how many applicants pass the exam and how many openings we have.

Step 2 – By Invitation Only

Part 1 – Complete a detailed background check packet

Part 2  – Physical Fitness Exam –must pass to move on

Part 3  – Oral Exam –given and scored by a panel of 3 ISP experts

Those who pass the physical fitness exam and score high enough on the oral exam may be given a contingent offer of employment pending the background check process.

Step 3 – By Invitation Only

Part 1 – Employment and Reference Check

Part 2 – Education Check

Part 3 – Traffic Check

Part 4 – Credit Check

Part 5 – Fingerprints Run and Criminal Check

Part 6 – Polygraph Exam

Part 7 – Psychological Evaluation

Part 8 – Medical Evaluation

Final offers are confirmed with successful applicants and scheduled to start training.

Note: The process outlined above takes approximately 5 months to complete and may require as many as three trips to Meridian Idaho.


The Idaho State Police is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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