California Highway Patrol Officer



CHP Officer

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How to start your career as a CHP officer :

Minimum qualifications:

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • U.S. citizen
  • Age 20-35
  • No felony convictions

1) Choose a Division to apply through.  Check out the CHP map.

  • Once you submit your application, it cannot be changed, edited, or altered in any way!
  • You can only apply to one Division per filing period.

2) Choose a Test Date.  Check out the Test Schedule (PDF).

  • Where you apply has no bearing on where you may be assigned upon successful completion at the academy.

 3) Create user profile (Register).

  • You must create your user profile before applying for the exam.

4) Apply for the Physical Abilities Test (PAT) and Written Exam.  Learn about the PAT and the Written Exam.

  • If you pass the PAT and the Written Exam, you will be invited via email to create an online profile to begin a thorough background investigation.
  • The best way to prepare for these requirements is to get involved with your test Division's Applicant Preparation Programs. Check out Seminars and Events.  Learn about Seminars and Events.

5) Complete Background investigation. If you pass  both the PAT and Written exam successfully , you will move on to your background investigation.

  • Upon being cleared by your background investigation, you will need to complete both a Medical and Psychological evaluation.


Once you have successfully completed these steps, you will be ready to attend the CHP academy and begin your journey to become a CHP officer.

We strongly advise that both registration and application be completed through a desktop browser.

  Click here to begin your journey to become a CHP officer.

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​​If you are interested in diversity, challenges, and opportunities, the CHP invites you to apply to become a part of their professional organization. For more information about this outstanding career opportunity e-mail or call:


direct: 916-843-3275

phone: 1-888-4A CHP JOB (1-888-422-4756)

TT/TDD 1-800-735-2929 EOE/ADA


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