Qualifications: California Highway Patrol

Qualifications to be a CHP officer as of June 2015 are listed here.


Nationality, Age and Education

  • Age: 20-35 years as of the date you take the Written Test. 

  • Possess a California driver's license

  • Be a US citizen, either by birth or naturalization

  • Hold a high school diploma or equivalent GED certificate


Required Examinations

The process of becoming a CHP officer requires quite a number of examinations, before and during the training period. Before applicants can be considered for employment, they must complete the:

  • Physical Abilities Test (PAT)

  • Written Exam: Reading and writing abilities test known as the PELLETB (POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery)

  • Medical  exam

  • Psychological evaluation


Background Clearance

The CHP prides itself on hiring the best candidates possible in order to serve the public to the best of their abilities. All candidates will be investigated and interviewed in order to evaluate past behaviors that may or may not indicate good moral character. 

  • A fingerprint and criminal history check is required

  • Be free of any felony convictions, illegal drug usage, arrests and convictions, frequent or recurring traffic citations, etc

  • Passing a Computer Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA)

  • An employment interview is usually required.


Once aspiring officers have met all of the basic requirements, candidates must complete the CHP academy training.



Note: The above requirements are from the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, as of June, 2015. Be sure to check the specific requirements for EACH agency that you are applying to.