Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I become a motor carrier officer?
2. Is there study material for the exam?
3. What is the starting salary for a motor carrier officer?
4. What are the benefits of becoming a motor carrier officer?
5. What arrest authority does a motor carrier officer have?
6. Where do Motor Carrier Officers perform their duties?
7. How often are motor carrier officer recruit schools run?
8. How long is a typical motor carrier officer recruit school?
9. Is there a cost to attend a motor carrier officer recruit school?
10. What is lodging like during a motor carrier officer recruit school?
11. What do I need to bring to a motor carrier officer recruit school?
12. How often can I see my family during recruit school?
13. As a new motor carrier officer, where will I be assigned?
14. I am already a police officer; do I have to attend recruit school?
15. Who do I contact for more information?


1. How do I become a motor carrier officer?
Applications are always being accepted. The first step in the selection process is passing the Entry Level Law Enforcement Exam. To apply for the exam, see How to Begin the Application Process.

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2. Is there study material for the exam?
Study material is available at www.frontlinetest.com.

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3. What is the starting salary for a motor carrier officer?
Motor carrier officers receive a starting salary of $39, 275.28 annually and reach a top salary in six years of $53,536.32 annually. They also receive longevity incentives based on years of state service and an annual uniform cleaning allowance of $450.00. Please see Salary and Benefits for more information.

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4. What are the benefits of becoming a motor carrier officer?
Benefits of becoming a motor carrier officer include: a flexible work schedule, duty uniform, training, post assignments, potential for take-home patrol vehicle, and a specialized law enforcement career. Please see Salary and Benefits for more information.

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5. What arrest authority does a motor carrier officer have?
Motor carrier officers have all powers conferred upon a peace officer for the purpose of enforcing the general laws of this state as they pertain to commercial vehicles.

In addition to enforcing commercial vehicle law, on-duty motor carrier officers have arrest authority for:

  • Any felonies committed in the presence of an officer or with reasonable cause to believe an individual has committed a felony.
  • Any arrest warrants, including misdemeanor warrants.
  • Misdemeanor assault and battery when committed in an officer's presence.
  • Operating While Intoxicated.
  • Malicious destruction of public, private, or police property.

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6. Where do Motor Carrier Officers perform their duties?
Michigan State Police motor carrier officers are deployed from State Police posts throughout the state. Additionally, motor carrier officers operate the Michigan Department of Transportation Scale Facilities located throughout the state. These scale facilities are vital to infrastructure protection and serve as a safe location for vehicle/driver inspections. Scale locations include: New Buffalo, Grass Lake, Coldwater, Monroe, Fowlerville, Ionia, Cambridge and Powers. Motor carrier officers patrol the interstate freeway system as well as state and county roads for commercial vehicles violating state and federal regulations.

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7. How often are motor carrier officer recruit schools run?
Motor carrier officer recruit schools are not held on a routine basis; however, applications are always accepted. To apply for the exam, see How to Begin the Application Process.

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8. How long is a typical motor carrier officer recruit school?
Motor carrier officer recruit schools are 18 to 20 week residential programs. Recruits are required to live at the Michigan State Police Training Academy, located at 7426 North Canal Road, Lansing, Michigan 48913, for the duration of the training. For more information, visit Recruit School.

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9.Is there a cost to attend a motor carrier officer recruit school
Recruits are considered employees of the Michigan State Police beginning the first day of recruit school and do not pay for their training. During their training, recruits receive a bi-weekly salary of approximately $1500.00.

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10. What is lodging like during a motor carrier officer recruit school?
Recruit school lodging is provided at the Michigan State Police Training Academy, located at 7426 North Canal Road, Lansing, Michigan 48913. Each recruit is assigned a bed in a two-bed room with a sink and community shower on the same floor. Male and female recruits are lodged on different floors.

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11. What do I need to bring to a motor carrier officer recruit school?
Applicants invited to the next recruit school receive an appointment letter describing details of the recruit school orientation and specific equipment necessary to begin the training.

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12. How often can I see my family during recruit school?
Recruits remain at the Michigan State Police Training Academy, located at 7426 North Canal Road, Lansing, Michigan 48913, for the duration of the recruit school. Recruits are allowed to leave the Training Academy on Friday evenings, but must return on Sunday afternoons.

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13. As a new motor carrier officer, where will I be assigned?
Recruits are asked to submit their preferred post locations prior to the end of recruit school. Every effort is made to fulfill the recruit's request, while still taking into account the personnel needs of the agency. For more information, visit After Graduation.

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14. I am already a police officer; do I have to attend recruit school?
All recruits must attend recruit school. The Michigan State Police does not have a lateral entry program for officers transferring from other police agencies.

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15. Who do I contact for more information?
MSP Recruiters are an excellent resource for prospective applicants. In addition to providing their own, unique experiences, recruiters help guide applicants through the selection process and are available to answer any question or meet one-on-one to discuss what it means to become a motor carrier officer. Prospective applicants are also encouraged to contact the Recruiting and Selection Section at 517-636-4563 or send an e-mail to mspcvedrecruiting@michigan.gov.

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