Eligibility & Basic Requirements


Following is a list of the basic requirements to become a Vermont State Trooper:

  • Age - Minimum 20 years old to apply and begin the testing selection process. You must wait until your 20th birthday to apply.  There is no "age limit" to apply but we do have mandatory retirement at age 55.
  • Vision- Applicants must have satisfactory depth perception, no marked muscle imbalance, and have a satisfactory visual field. The applicant must have uncorrected vision not worse than 20/200 (Snellen) and corrected 20/20 in one eye and not worse than 20/40 in the other eye. Contact lens wearers must have 20/20 corrected vision and have worn contact lenses successfully for a minimum of one year. If an applicant has had laser eye corrective surgery and meets the above criteria, a six month waiting period is required before beginning the Academy. All candidates must pass a color vision test.
  • Drugs - Applicants must not have used illegal drugs - to include prescription drugs not prescribed to them - for one full year prior to applying.
  • Hearing - Normal
  • Health - Mental and physical condition appropriate to successfully perform with reasonable accommodation, the essential job functions for this position.
  • Education - High School diploma or G.E.D.
  • Selective Service System – Applicants (males only) must be registered with the Selective Service System.
  • Military - Not required. However if military service has been performed, an honorable discharge or separation must have been obtained. Applicants who have an honorable discharge will have five points added to their overall test score.
  • Residency - Applicants must bear the expense of travel to Vermont for multiple stages in the hiring process. Vermont residency is required upon graduation from the academy. You must be a United States citizen to apply.
  • Driver's License- Must possess a valid motor vehicle license at the time of application. Your right to operate must not have been suspended or revoked within twelve months of application. You must obtain a Vermont operator's license upon graduation from the Academy.
  • Physical Requirements - A mandatory physical assessment program is in place which encompasses the following areas – body fat, sit and reach, bench press, sit ups, push ups, and a 1.5 mile run. The minimum standards for this assessment are based on the 50th percentile for a candidate based on age and gender as developed by the Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research. View the requirements.
  • Body Piercing/Tattoos/Body Art

    Any body piercing, tattoos, branding or other body art visible while on duty in uniform shall comply with this policy. 

    Any body piercing, tattoos, branding or other body art that is prejudicial to good order, discipline, or morale, or bring discredit upon the Vermont State Police, or are sexist, racist, eccentric, offensive, or have illegal drug use or paraphernalia, or are anti-American, or associated with any extremist group, are prohibited.

    Members may not cover tattoos or brands as a means to comply with this policy.

    Tattoos and brands that are visible above the collar of the class C (short-sleeve) uniform are prohibited. 

    Tattoos and brands that are visible below the wrist are prohibited except a tattoo or brand symbolic of a civil union or marriage on the ring finger.

    Sleeve tattoos are prohibited.  Sleeve tattoos are defined as a single large or collection of smaller tattoos that cover or almost cover the visible portion of the arm while wearing the class C (short-sleeve) uniform.

  • Criminal History - You must not have been convicted of any felonies. The right to carry a firearm shall not be revoked for any reason.  You must be crime-free for one year prior to applying.  This includes undetected crimes.  Many applicants are deferred due to undetected/unreported crimes such as enabling minors to consume alcohol, providing alcohol to minors, driving while intoxicated, and taking prescription drugs not prescribed to them.  You must not have committed these, or any other crimes in the 12 months prior to applying.