Eligibility and Basic Requirements

Please read all the basic requirements.  Many applicants waste time and money coming to test when they are ineligible to continue in the process.

Basic Requirements to Become a Vermont State Trooper


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.


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.




Mental and physical condition appropriate to successfully perform with reasonable accommodation, the essential job functions for this position.


Minimum High School diploma or equivalent.

Selective Service System

Applicants must be in compliance with all applicable Selective Service requirements.


Not required. However if military service has been performed, an honorable discharge or separation must have been obtained.


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.   A birth certificate, Social Security card, or other documentation or authorization to work in the United States.

Driver's License

Must possess a valid motor vehicle license at the time of application, or be willing and eligible to obtain one.  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 – sit and reach flexibility, bench press, sit ups, push ups, and a 1.5 mile run. The minimum standards for these assessments 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 or Body Art

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

  • New policy as of April 12, 2016 reads as follows: No member of the Vermont State Police shall have any tattoos, body piercings, branding or body art that is visible while on duty wearing the Class "C" (short sleeve) summer uniform.

Applicants who submitted an application on or before April 12, 2016 are “grandfathered” from this updated policy.  Applicants who apply after April 12, 2016 and have tattoo(s) that would be visible wearing the Class "C" (short sleeve) summer uniform would need to have the tattoo(s) completely removed prior to day-one of the Vermont State Police pre-basic training academy.  


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 disclose criminal activity, if any, during a later phase in the hiring process. Complete honesty is required.  

Contact Information

Vermont State Police HeadquartersVSP Seal
45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1300
M - F / 8am - 4pm
Telephone - 802-244-8727

Please call your nearest VSP Barracks outside of normal business hours.

Information on public information requests, and contact information for our Public Information Officer can be found at vsp.vermont.gov/public.

Please click here to visit the Agency of Administration's Public Record Request Database.


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