Cadet Applicant Process




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



Applicants must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age.

Applicants 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.



Applicants must possess a valid driver's license from any state.

Applicants must be a citizen of the United States.

Applicants must be willing to accept an assignment anywhere in the State.



Applicants must possess an Associate's Degree or 60 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university with a C average or better at the time of application submission.  

NOTE: Specific degrees, courses or any degree at all, are not required.


Education is waived if an applicant meets one of the following:  

Honorably discharged AND has been awarded at least one of the qualifying medals by the United States Armed Forces. Proof must be provided on a DD-214.

An active member of the Illinois National Guard or a reserve component of the United States Armed Forces AND have been awarded at least one of the qualifying medals as a result of honorable service during deployment on active duty. Proof must be provided on a DD-214.

Honorably discharged AND served in a combat mission by proof of hostile fire pay or imminent danger pay during deployment on active duty. Proof must be provided on a DD-214.

Have at least 3 years of full active and continuous military duty and received an honorable discharge before hiring. Proof must be provided on a DD-214.


   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

   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



Applicants cannot have been convicted of a felony. 

Applicants are advised that the Illinois State Police Merit Board may automatically disqualify any applicant who does not meet the general requirements detailed above.

Falsification, omission, or misrepresentation of any information during the completion of the Application for Employment, and any other documents/processes associated with the Cadet Selection Process.