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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 have minimum correctable vision of 20/30, with normal color distinguishing capabilities and 140-degree field of 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.

Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Employment Eligibility

In order to be eligible for employment with FHP, applicants must not meet any of the automatic employment disqualifiers and must adhere to FHP’s pre-employment drug policy. Please note that this list does NOT contain all employment disqualifiers for FHP. The FHP Background Investigation process is comprehensive and all information obtained will be verified.

Automatic Employment Disqualifiers

Below are specific elements that will automatically disqualify applicants for the position of State Trooper with FHP:

  • Not a United States Citizen
  • Not at least 19 years of age
  • Not having a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent
  • Not having at least one of the following:
    • One year sworn or non-sworn working for a law enforcement or regulatory agency.
    • Two years of active and continuous U.S. military service
    • Two years of public contact experience
    • Thirty semester-hours or forty-five quarter-hours at an accredited college or university
  • Not having a valid driver’s license
  • Failure to allow a background investigation to be conducted
  • Inability to read, write and understand the English language
  • Not willing to move anywhere in the State of Florida
  • Refusal to submit to any examination required for employment, including a Polygraph examination
  • Conviction of a felony, domestic violence misdemeanor or more serious offense, such as (moral character offenses 11B-27.0011, FAC):
    • DUI
    • Fraud
    • Assault/Battery
    • Stalking
    • Criminal Mischief
    • Resisting arrest with or without violence
    • Loitering or prowling
    • Giving worthless checks/debit card
    • Conviction of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement
    • Currently on probation for a criminal offense or be the subject of an active domestic violence injunction
    • Violation of the FHP drug policy (also see “Marijuana Usage” and “Illegal Drugs” section below)
    • Any use of an illegal substance within one year of application date
    • Credit delinquency in excess of $3,000
    • Failure of an FHP-administered urinalysis drug and alcohol test
    • Failure of an FHP-administered Polygraph or Psychological examination
    • Failure to register with the United States Selective Service System (for males only, exceptions apply – please click here to learn more)
    • Knowingly or willfully engaged in acts or activities, or a member of a group that is designed to, or supports the overthrow of, the U.S. government by force or seeks to deprive anyone of their rights protected under the United States or Florida Constitution.

FHP Drug Policy

FHP is committed to a drug-free workplace. FHP applicants who are currently using illegal drugs, misusing or abusing legal drugs or other substances at the time of the application process, will not be considered for employment. While FHP does not condone any prior unlawful drug use by applicants, we realize some otherwise qualified applicants may have used illegal drugs at some point in their past.

Any misrepresentation or omission concerning an applicant’s drug history in connection with their application for employment will result in disqualification.

Marijuana Usage

Applicants cannot have used any marijuana within one (1) year preceding the date of their application for employment, regardless of the location of use (even if marijuana is legal where it was used). The various forms of marijuana include cannabis, hashish, hash oil, and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), in both synthetic and natural forms.

An applicant’s use of marijuana in its various forms for medical reasons, regardless of whether it was prescribed by a licensed practicing physician or not, cannot be used as a mitigating factor.

Illegal Drugs

Applicants cannot have used any illegal Schedule I drug, other than marijuana, within the five (5) years preceding the date of the application for employment. The suitability of an applicant who has illegally used a controlled substance, including marijuana, will be evaluated on the basis of circumstance of involvement, use, length of use, and quantity of use.


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 $3,169.52 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. 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: $41,917.56 (upon Academy graduation) $38,034.24 (while enrolled in the Academy)
    • 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)
      • Lee, Collier, Hillsborough, Orange, Pinellas, Marion, Duval, Escambia
      • Must live & work within Lee or Collier counties
      • 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.