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).

Mail applications to:

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

Public Safety Dispatcher

​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.

California Highway Patrol 

Public Safety Dispatcher and Public Safety Operator

Examination Schedule

DO NOT send in an application before the Bulletin Release Date or after the Final Filing Date for the exam you are interested in, said application will result in Disqualification. We ask that all those who are interested please wait until the Exam Bulletin of their choosing is posted and open before submitting an application. 

Open Exam Bulletins can be found here.  All dates and locations are tentative and are subject to change.

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Applicants are free to test in any Division of their choosing, the testing location for each Division will be sent out 2 weeks prior to the performance test date. Upon successful completion of testing, applicants will receive list eligibility, allowing them to be eligible to be hired for any open PSD/PSO vacancies located throughout the state for the California Highway Patrol.


(Testing Locations)

Bulletin Release Date​

(Job announcement released)

Final Filing Date​

(Application due date)


(Performance Testing) Week of

Central - Bakersfield, Fresno, Merced

August 9, 2022

October 13, 2022

December 3-18, 2022

​Valley - Sacramento and Chico

August 9, 2022

October 13, 2022

December 3-18, 2022

Inland - Bishop, Barstow

August 9, 2022

October 13, 2022

December 3-18, 2022

Border - El Centro, San Diego, Indio, Orange County/Irvine Communication Center

August 9, 2022

October 13, 2022

December 3-18, 2022

Northern - Yreka, Ukiah, Susanville, Redding, Humboldt

August 9, 2022

October 13, 2022

December 3-18, 2022

​Coastal - Monterey, S​an Luis Obispo, Ventura

August 9, 2022

October 13, 2022

December 3-18, 2022

Golden Gate - Golden Gate Communications Center (Vallejo)

August 9, 2022

October 13, 2022

December 3-18, 2022


Southern - Los Angeles Communications Center (LACC)

August 9, 2022

October 13, 2022

December 3-18, 2022

* Once expired dates have passed they will be removed from this listing above.

** Please note, 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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