Pre-Employment Requirements

The Illinois State Police Merit Board has set the following minimum requirements for persons applying for an Illinois State Trooper position:

  • Must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age. 
    • (An applicant twenty (20) years of age may apply if they have successfully completed an associate’s degree or 60 credit hours at an accredited college or university.)
  • Cannot have been convicted of a felony
  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license at the time of completing the application
  • Must be willing to accept an assignment anywhere in the state
  • Must have completed an associate's degree or 60 credit hours, with an average grade of C or better, from an accredited college or university, as certified by the registrar of the college or university.  The college or university must be accredited by one of the following associations:
    •         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