Apply Public Safety Dispatcher and Public Safety Operator

Learn about the Application Process

​First, it is best to create an account and complete a profile on the California Department of Human Resources (Cal Careers/CalHR) website. 

The initial step to begin our selection process and take the performance exam is to complete the STD 678 - Examination / Employment Application (PDF).

Email Applications to:

Applications may be submitted electronically. To apply for this examination electronically you may 
complete an application (STD 678) through your CalCareers Account, and email in a PDF format version to

Applications must be signed and dated.

NOTE: The application package must be electronically received (not postmarked) by Selection
Standards and Examinations Section, by 11:59 p.m. no later than the posted cut-off date.

Mail applications to:

California Highway Patrol
Selection Standards and Examinations Section
P. O. Box 942898
Sacramento, CA 94298-0001

CHP Dispatcher


California Highway Patrol 

Public Safety Dispatcher and Public Safety Operator

Examination Schedule

An application will be considered for testing registration as long as they meet the minimum hiring requirements. We ask all who are interested to submit an application for the testing cycle of their choosing before its respective cut-off date.

Open Examination Bulletins can be found below. All dates and locations are tentative and subject to change.


Applicants are free to test in any testing location of their choosing so long as it is indicated on their application, the testing location and time for each testing site will be sent out 2 weeks prior to the performance test date. Applicants who pass testing will receive list eligibility. This will allow an applicant eligibility to be hired for any open PSD/PSO vacancy ​located throughout the state for the California Highway Patrol.

Testing Locations

Bakersfield, Barstow, Bishop, Chico, Fresno, Humboldt, Indio, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Monterey, Redding, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Stockton, Susanville, Ukiah, Vallejo, Ventura, and Yreka. 

Applicants are free to test in any testing location of their choosing so long as it is indicated on their application.

Online Testing Cut-Off Dates

  • April 22, 2024

  • June 10, 2024

  • July 29, 2024

  • September 16, 2024

  • November 8, 2024

Applications that are postmarked, personally delivered, or received via interoffice mail after the cut-off date will be held for the next administration of the examination.

** Please note, applicants may only have one active application in process at a time.  
Dates above are tentatively scheduled and may be subject to change as conditions warrant.**


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Background Investigation Preparation (PSD/PSO Applicant) (PDF) Tree PSD and PSO Required Docs 8-23-21.pdfBackground Investigation Preparation (PSD/PSO Applicant) (PDF)Background Investigation Forms
CHP 432B - Authorization to Release Information(PDF) 432B - Authorization to Release Information(PDF)Background Investigation Forms

Documents Needed for Background Investigation

​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.

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Information/Documents Required for PSD/PSO Applicants


  1. ​Current California Driver License

  2. Birth Certificate

  3. Proof of U.S. Citizenship (U.S. Passport, Certificate of U.S. Citizenship, Form N-560 or N561)

  4. Social Security Card

  5. Marriage Certificate

  6. Dissolution of Marriage Documents​

  7. ​Separation from Military Document (DD214)

  8. Selective Service Card (

  9. High School Diploma or G.E.D. Certificate

  10. Official High School Transcripts (original with seal of authenticity) College Diploma(s)

  11. Official College Transcripts (original with seal of authenticity)

  12. CHP 432B - Authorization to Release Information


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