Pre-Employment Application Form


To begin the application process for the Illinois State Police Trooper position, please complete the mandatory Pre-Employment Form below.  If multiple entries of this form are submitted, all previous entries will be removed and the most recent submission will be utilized.  

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. 



Applicant Information

Personal 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.  The information provided 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 currently possess a valid driver's license:

I have never been convicted of a felony:

I am a citizen of Illinois:

I am willing to accept an assignment anywhere in the state of Illinois:

I currently meet the following requirement:

Applicants must currently meet one of the following options:

OPTION ONE:  Associate's degree or 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university with a C average or higher. 
OPTION TWO: Honorably discharged AND been awarded at least one of the qualifying medals by the United States Armed Forces. 
OPTION THREE:  An active member of the Illinois National Guard or a reserve component of the United States Armed Forces AND been awarded at least one of the qualifying medals as a result of honorable service during deployment on active duty. 
OPTION FOUR:  Honorably discharged AND served in a combat mission by proof of hostile fire pay or imminent danger pay during deployment on active duty.
OPTION FIVE:  Has at least 3 years of full active and continuous United States Armed Forces duty, which also includes a period of active duty with the State of Illinois under Title 10 or Title 32 of the United States Code pursuant to an order of the President or the Governor of the State of Illinois, and received an honorable discharge. 
OPTION SIX:  Has successfully completed basic law enforcement training, has at least 3 years of continuous, full-time service as a peace officer with the same police department, and is currently serving as a peace officer. 


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
  • Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
  • Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
  • Korean Defense Service Medal
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal
  • Iraq Campaign Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal
NOTE: Proof will be required by sealed, official transcripts and/or military DD-214.

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.

Fast Track Eligibilty:

Application Referral

How did you hear about the Illinois State Police Trooper application? 

Which website or social media platform? 
What kind of event? 
Which college or university? 
If other, please describe: 

If you were referred by an Illinois State Trooper, please provide the Trooper's name and/or ID Number: 

Trooper's name: 

Cadet Applicant Testing

Select your Physical Fitness Inventory Test (PFIT) and Recruitment Exam Date and Location:

To select a new PFIT/Recruitment Exam test date, you must submit a new Pre-Employment Application Form.  Any previous entries will be removed.   

Certification of Facts:

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. 


I have read the foregoing and understand every word of this Release and Waiver.  By typing my name below, I agree and accept the terms. 


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