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Here you can find information about the background questionnaire forms, hiring standards and minimum requirements for all civilian and commissioned career opportunities that exist within the Washington State Patrol.

Detailed information about the standards and minimum requirements for the career paths offered at the State Patrol can be found below.

All Applicants: Background Evaluation & Questionnaire

All applicants are subject to personal background evaluations, including a polygraph examination, because of the nature of the work and security requirements.

Background Questionnaire

Personal Background Evaluation

All Applicants - Commissioned & Civil

Here you can find information about the standards for all civilian and commissioned career opportunities that exist within the Washington State Patrol.

Body Art & Tattoos

Have no tattoos, body art, branding, or voluntary disfigurement that is visible while on duty.  Visible areas include lower portion of the upper arms, elbows, the entire forearms, hands, neck and facial areas.  Body modifications and body art listed above shall either be removed or covered completely and opaquely while in a short sleeve uniform.

Drug Possession/Usage

Drug possession/usage beyond these standards disqualifies you for employment with the Washington State Patrol.

"Possession" is defined as having actual physical control of any illegal (non-prescribed) drug for personal use or otherwise.

"Use" is defined as:  trying, testing, or experimenting, which includes, but is not limited to tasting, smoking, injecting, absorbing, sniffing, or inhaling.


Examples of schedule I-V drugs include, but not limited to:

Civil Service Applicants

Driver's License Standard

If required by the position description, the applicant must possess a current, non-probationary, and non-restricted valid driver's license.  History of restrictions on license or driving record due to vehicle operation or control will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Upon hire, must possess a Washington State driver's license and maintain such licensure during employment with the WSP.

Criminal Conviction Standards

For this purpose, the term "conviction” shall include any disposition adverse to the subject, except a decision not to prosecute, a dismissal, or acquittal; provided, however, that a dismissal entered after a period of probation, suspension, or deferral of prosecution or sentence shall be considered a disposition adverse to the subject.

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Commissioned Applicants

Criminal Conviction Standards

For this purpose, the term "conviction" shall include any disposition adverse to the subject, except a decision not to prosecute, a dismissal, or acquittal; provided, however, that a dismissal entered after a period of probation, suspension, or deferral of prosecution or sentence shall be considered a disposition adverse to the subject.

Any applicant with a history or conviction of domestic violence shall be eliminated as an employee candidate at that point in the hiring process per RCW 10.99 and the Washington State Patrol Regulation Manual, Chapter 8.00.320.  RCW Mandate - Will apply to all fully commissioned trooper applicants and CVEO applicants.

Commissioned Applicants - Minimum Requirements

The character of police officers today is continually being challenged. Because public scrutiny is particularly intense for uniformed personnel, applicants seeking employment with the Washington State Patrol as Trooper Cadets must possess an exemplary background and personal history. The third phase encompasses a polygraph examination and a thorough background investigation.

The nature of police work necessitates that only the best applicants are chosen. The competition for a limited number of positions is very keen. For this reason, we have provided our standards to assist you in making a realistic assessment of being hired as a Trooper Cadet.


Applicant must be of good moral character. Indications of a lack of good moral character include, but are not limited to, the following:


Must possess and/or demonstrate the following physical abilities, skills, and traits:


Must be able to learn and demonstrate the following job requirements after being trained by the department:


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