The mission of the Illinois State Police Merit Board is to remove political influence and provide a fair and equitable merit process for the selection of Illinois State Trooper candidates and the promotion and discipline of Illinois State Police officers.

The Illinois State Police Merit Board 
is now processing applications for 
Cadet Class 133/Fast Track and Cadet Class 134 
Deadline to Apply: June 1, 2020
PFIT Dates:
July 25, 2020 – Springfield, Illinois
July 26, 2020 – Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Deadline to Apply: September 1, 2020 
PFIT Dates: 
October 17, 2020 – Springfield, Illinois 
October 18, 2020 – Glen Ellyn, Illinois 

We are not currently scheduling any Recruitment Examination Testing due to the COVID-19 related testing center closures. There is no information regarding a tentative date the Recruitment Exam will be administered.

Applicants will be notified by e-mail when testing resumes.

All applications will be reviewed and candidates will receive email notification of their pending status until the Recruitment Testing resumes.  

  *All dates are tentative and subject to change*   


For those who have received a letter from the Merit Board stating their application has been deemed acceptable and inviting them to take the Recruitment Test, an optional study guide is available for purchase at the link below.  This study guide is not required to participate in the Recruitment Test.

News and Announcements

Public Notice

The Illinois State Police Merit Board will conduct an Emergency Merit Board Meeting on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at 3:00 PM. The meeting will be held at The James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, Room 2-026.

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  • Posted: February 4, 2020

Illinois State Police Fast Track Program

The Illinois State Police (ISP) is re-instituting the “Fast Track” Program that provides an opportunity for certified police officers to become Illinois State Troopers through participation in an accelerated training program. Click "Continue Reading" or "Fast Track" from the Recruitment menu for more information.

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  • Posted: June 8, 2019

2019 Promotional Test Declaration - Testing to Captain

The 2019 Captain Test Declaration Announcement has been posted. View the announcement by selecting "Promotion Test Declaration" under the Promotion menu.

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  • Posted: April 2, 2019

2019 Promotional Test Declaration - Testing to Lieutenant

The 2019 Lieutenant Test Declaration Announcement has been posted. View the announcement by selecting "Promotion Test Declaration" under the Promotion menu.

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  • Posted: April 2, 2019

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Online Application Status

Now Accepting Online Applications

We are now accepting online applications for the position of Illinois State Police trooper.

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Since its inception, the Illinois State Police has fostered and served with a reputation for integrity, service and pride. Illinois State Police functions include protecting life and property, enforcing both criminal laws and motor vehicle safety laws, responding to emergencies and disasters and providing a myriad of diverse specialized services to both the public and the criminal justice community. Learn more about how you can be a part of our team.

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The Merit Board certifies sworn officer candidates as being qualified for promotion to the Director of the Illinois State Police. Certification for promotion is based on job performance measurement, written examination, assessment exercises (for appropriate ranks) and seniority. All vacancies in ranks above the lowest are to be filled by promotion.


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