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

Applicants must meet the entrance requirements outlined in Idaho Administrative Code 11.11.01 – Rules of the Idaho Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) Council

  • Shall be a citizen of the United States.
  • Must be a graduate of an accredited high school, or GED equivalent.
  • Shall be a minimum of twenty-one (21) years of age.
  • Possess a valid driving license from their state of residence and qualify for an Idaho driver's license.
  • 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
  • Successfully complete a background investigation.
  • Attest to the Code of Ethics/Standards of Conduct on POST application.

Additional Qualifications

  • Applicants must successfully complete a polygraph examination.
  • Must meet the Idaho State Police (ISP) Drug Policy Requirements.
  • Must meet the ISP medical, vision, hearing, psychological, and physical fitness requirements.
  • Must have two (2) or more years of responsible work experience or attendance at an institution of higher learning following high school graduation.
  • Must successfully complete the ISP Advanced Training Course, including obtaining a POST Basic Certification, and the post-graduate Field Training Officer (FTO) program.

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Idaho State Police Headquarters
700 S. Stratford Drive, Meridian, ID 83642
Headquarters: 208.884.7000
Emergencies:  208.846.7550 | 208.209.8730