The Florida Highway Patrol is a leader in professional law enforcement career opportunities. We are a Nationally Accredited Agency offering excellent benefits and a competitive salary. We are an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.


  • Age: 19 years of age or older.
  • Citizenship: You must be a United States Citizen. Naturalized Citizens are welcome to apply. All Naturalization documentation must accompany application.
  • Vision: Applicants must pass a thorough visual evaluation and meet the following requirements: Unaided vision not less than 20/200 in each eye and corrected to 20/30; Field of vision must be at least 140 degrees; Must have the ability to distinguish primary colors and have binocular vision; Must not have double vision, lack of depth perception or other chronic eye disorders that effect normal vision; Any visual disability, which prevents the performance of essential functions of an applicant, for which no reasonable accommodation is possible, shall disqualify the applicant.
  • Education: High school diploma or a general equivalency diploma is required.
  • Driver’s License: Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Relocation: Applicants must be willing to serve anywhere in the state of Florida.
  • One of the Following:
    • One year sworn or non-sworn law enforcement experience.
    • Two years of active and continuous U.S. military service.
    • Two years of public contact experience.
    • Thirty semester-hours or 45 quarter-hours at an accredited college or university.
  • Height/Weight Standards: Applicant’s weight must be within the established height/weight standards or weight must be proportionate to height. The height/weight standards can be found below.


Employment preference is given to qualified applicants who have completed 60 semester-hours or 90 quarter-hours of college course work at an accredited college or university. Employment preference is given to qualified applicants who have two years of continuous U.S. Military service with an honorable discharge.

Employment preference is given to Florida Certified Law Enforcement Officers with one year of sworn law enforcement experience.

Veterans’ Preference is given to veterans and spouses of veterans as outlined in Florida Statutes.


    • Paid Training: New Troopers receive 28-29 weeks of Law Enforcement Training at the Florida Highway Patrol Training Academy in Tallahassee, Florida. Recruits are compensated $4,166.67 per month. Meals, lodging, training materials and physical fitness training are provided. Florida Certified Law Enforcement Officers receive eight – nine weeks of Transitional Law Enforcement Training. Currently Certified Law Enforcement Officers with two or more years of experience in patrol operations receive four weeks of in-service style training. Meals, lodging, equipment, physical fitness training, and study materials are also provided. All new hires will purchase training uniforms upon arrival at the FHP training academy.
    • Competitive Starting Salaries: $50,000
      • Competitive Area Differential (CAD)
      • CAD Counties ($416.65 a month)
        • Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe
        • Position must be assigned to one of these four counties, home address is not a factor
      • Critical Market Pay (CMP)
      • CMP ($416.65 a month)
        • Alachua, Baker, Brevard, Charlotte, Clay, Collier, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Hillsborough, Indian River, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Nassau, Lee, Osceola, Orange, Pasco, Pinellas, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie or Volusia
        • Any CMP county that borders another CMP County is interchangeable
      • CMP (Monroe only $250.00 a month)
        • Monroe
        • Monroe is the only county that can receive both CAD & CMP, if living and working in Monroe county (requires a home and work address in Monroe county)
    • Equipment: The Florida Highway Patrol provides all of the equipment required, including weapons.
    • Uniforms and Dry-cleaning Allowance: All uniforms are supplied. Each Trooper receives a uniform allowance of $1,300 annually.
    • Retirement Benefits: Troopers become vested in the Florida Retirement System (FRS) after eight years of service. FRS is a contributory system, which means you pay toward your retirement. Florida also offers several deferred compensation retirement investment plans. We also participate in the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP).
    • Educational Incentives: Troopers are eligible to receive $1,560 annually for the completion of career development courses and/or an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. We also offer a tuition free education plan and an educational leave with pay program for qualified employees. Troopers are encouraged to attend career development courses.
    • Leave Time: New Troopers receive 8:67 hours per month of sick leave and annual leave. We grant 17 days per year for military leave. The State recognizes nine paid holidays and one personal holiday per year. Employees may request six months of maternity leave.
    • Insurance: We offer extensive insurance coverage for Health, Life, and Vision and Dentistry. Accident and Cancer insurances are also available.
    • Credit Union: Florida Highway Patrol Troopers have access to the First Florida Credit Union.
    • Advancement: The Florida Highway Patrol offers a variety of training opportunities, promotional advancement, and specialized assignments.