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Law Enforcement/ Criminal Justice Job Information

How to become a Highway Patrol Trooper

Steps for applicants who are not law enforcement certified in South Dakota or who are law enforcement certified in another state or who are reciprocity eligible.


STEP 1
Complete
job application. Closing Date was August 28, 2018.

STEP 2
Take South Dakota Law Enforcement written examination.You will need to provide some sort of documentation that you are currently certified.


The South Dakota Highway Patrol has a new written test - All applicants (except those currently law enforcement certified) must take the South Dakota Law Enforcement written test and receive a score of at least 60%, or have a current test format score of at least 60% on file, to be eligible to advance in the selection process. The current test format was introduced in May 2012. Test scores from tests taken before May 2012 are no longer valid. To check your test score on file, please call 605.773.3148.

Testing must be complete by August 28, 2018.

In-state residents can take the written test at a local Department of Labor and Regulation office. Testing locations and contact information can be found here.

Out-of-state applicants may take the written test in their home area, please follow the instructions here.

STEP 3
Review physical requirements and minimum qualifications.

If you have any questions please contact John Stewart at 605.773.3148.