The initial step to begin our selection process and take the performance exam is to complete the STD 678 - Examination / Employment Application and submit it by mail to the Selection Standards and Examinations Unit. (Only during specific time windows)
Mail applications to:California Highway PatrolSelection Standards and Examinations SectionP. O. Box 942898Sacramento, CA 94298-0001
The forms below will be used later in the process as more information is needed from the applicant to progress through the testing and evaluation process.
DO NOT send in an application before the Bulletin Release Date for the exam you are interested in. If you do, that application is disqualification. Also, any application sent after the Final Filing Date will also be disqualified. Wait until your Exam Bulletin is posted before you apply. Exam Bulletins can be found
here. All dates and locations are tentative. The Criticall
Examination Study Guide can be used to prepare for the performance examination.
The actual physical place of the testing location will be sent out 2 weeks before the performance test date. All applicants will be notified by email of the location.
Criticall Study Guide click here to download.
(Testing and Job location)
Bulletin Release Date
(Job announcement released)
Final Filing Date
(Application due date)
(Performance Testing) Week of
Golden Gate - Golden Gate Communications Center (Vallejo)
Central - Bakersfield, Fresno, Merced
Valley - Sacramento, Truckee, Chico, Stockton
Inland - Bishop, Barstow, Inland Communication Center/Fontana
Border - El Centro, San Diego, Indio, Orange County/Irvine Communication Center
Northern - Yreka, Ukiah, Susanville, Redding, Humboldt
Coastal - Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Ventura
Southern - Los Angeles Communications Center
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Once you have successfully passed the performance test and Dispatch Qualification Appraisal Interview, you may enter the background investigation phase of the selection process. As part of the background investigation, each document listed below, if applicable, must be collected and one copy of each document be provided to the background investigator. The process of obtaining these documents can be very time consuming. The background investigator is required to see the original, the copy will be kept in your background investigation file.
Current California Driver License
Proof of U.S. Citizenship (U.S. Passport, Certificate of U.S. Citizenship, Form N-560 or N561)
Social Security Card
Dissolution of Marriage Documents
Separation from Military Document (DD214)
Selective Service Card (www.SSS.gov)
High School Diploma or G.E.D. Certificate
Official High School Transcripts (original with seal of authenticity) College Diploma(s)
Official College Transcripts (original with seal of authenticity)
CHP 432B - Authorization to Release Information