Pre-Employment Application Form


To begin the application process for the Illinois State Police Trooper position, please complete the mandatory Pre-Employment Form below.

Applicants will be required to successfully complete the Physical Fitness Inventory Test ("PFIT") first, then immediately directed to complete the Recruitment Examination Testing Process on the same day.  Applicants will be required to pay the $30 Application Fee to the Merit Board’s third-party vendor, I/O Solutions, at the time of the Recruitment Exam administrationPayments to I/O Solutions will be made online at the testing facility using a credit/debit card only.  The Recruitment Exam cannot be administered until the fee has been paid. 

Please note: all minimum requirements, including education or military requirements MUST be met before the Pre-Employment Application Form is submitted.  Click here to view the requirements. 


If you purchased and submitted an application from July 1 through July 5, 2022, you do not need to complete this form.    


Applicant Information

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Home Address

*Address must match the information on a valid drivers license. This will be verified at a later date.

Pre-Employment Requirements

In order to be considered an acceptable applicant, you must currently meet ALL of the following requirements.
This information will be verified at a later date.  Any false statements may be considered sufficient cause for disqualification from the Cadet Applicant Process. 

I am at least 21 years of age.
I have never been convicted of a felony. 
I currently posses a valid driver's license. 


I am a citizen of the United States. 


I am willing to accept an assignment anywhere in the State of Illinois. 

Applicants must meet at least one of the following options:

I currently meet the following:

NOTE: Proof will be required by sealed, official transcripts and/or military DD-214.

College or university must be accredited by one of the following:
- Middle States Commission on Higher Education
- Higher Learning Commission
- New England Commission of Higher Education
- Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
- Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges
- WASC Senior College and University Commission Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
Qualifying Military Medals:
- Southwest Asia Service Medal
- Kosovo Campaign Medal
- Korean Defense Service Medal
- Afghanistan Campaign Medal
- Iraq Campaign Medal
- Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Fast Track Program Eligibility

1.  Must be a current certified police officer, having graduated from an accredited law enforcement academy

  • Illinois Department of Corrections experience does not apply towards Fast Track eligibility. However, it will apply towards retirement.

2.  Must have at least two years of experience while employed as a full-time sworn police officer.

  • Applicants who do not have 2 years experience at the time of the application may still be considered if they will have completed 2 years by the time the next Fast Track class begins.

3.  Must be able to provide proof of successful completion of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  (NHTSA)/International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) approved DWI/DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing training program prior to starting a Fast Track class.

4.  Must also meet all pre-employment requirements and standards established by the ISP Merit Board and successfully complete the application process.

Application Referral

PFIT/Recruitment Test Date & Location Selection

Approximate Start Date: October 2023

Fitness Test Waiver and Release of Liability


IN CONSIDERATION of the granting of my request to be permitted to take the Illinois State Police Merit Board Examinations and particularly that portion thereof known as the Fitness Test, I hereby waive any claim for injuries to my person that may arise out of my taking, and participating in, the Fitness Test as administered by Illinois State Police sworn personnel. As such applicant, I undertake to assume the risk of all  dangerous conditions which may exist on the premises where the tests are administered or the equipment and/or facilities used, and waive notice of the existence of such conditions and rely on my inspection of the same. 

IN FURTHER CONSIDERATION of my being permitted to take the Fitness Test, I hereby release the State of Illinois, all of its employees and agents, and the institution where the tests are given, its officers and employees from any claim which I may have of any nature whatsoever and for any injuries to my person or damage to my property while taking said Fitness Test. 

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Applicants should be prepared to participate in the Cadet Applicant Testing process selected.  The Physical Fitness Inventory Test ("PFIT"), and Recruitment Examination will be administered on the date selected.  The PFIT and Recruitment Exam must successfully be completed in order to continue in the process.  Upon successful completion of the PFIT, applicants will immediately complete the online Recruitment Exam.  Please note: applicants will be required to pay the $30 testing fee to I/O Solutions at that time. Payments to I/O Solutions will be made online at the testing facility using a credit/debit card only.  

If an applicant would like to request an application fee waiver, they must obtain the Board's approval for the waiver request PRIOR to their test date.  All applicants will be expected to pay the $30 testing fee on the date of their exam.  Click here to view the application fee waiver program information.