First, it is best to create an account and complete a profile on the California Department of Human Resources (Cal Careers/CalHR) website. https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/
The initial step to begin our selection process and take the performance exam is to complete the STD 678 - Examination / Employment Application (PDF).
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 toPSO-PSD-Testing@chp.ca.gov.
Applications must be signed and dated.
NOTE: The application package must be electronically received (not postmarked) by SelectionStandards and Examinations Section, by 11:59 p.m. no later than the cut-off date posted above.
California Highway PatrolSelection Standards and Examinations SectionP. O. Box 942898Sacramento, CA 94298-0001
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.
Applicants are free to test in any testing location of their choosing so long as it is indicated on their application.
Application Cut-Off Dates
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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