Minimum Requirements

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age to take the Entry Level Law Enforcement Exam. A passing score is good for five years.
  • Applicants must be a United States Citizen.
  • Applicants must be a Michigan resident by recruit school graduation.
  • Applicants must have a valid Michigan driver's license by recruit school graduation.
  • Applicants must be 21 years of age by recruit school graduation.
  • Applicants must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. A college education is not required, though it is recommended.
  • Applicants cannot have a felony conviction or be a suspect in case with the reasonable belief the applicant committed a felony.
  • Applicants must meet the Michigan Commission On Law Enforcement Standards minimum hearing requirements as well as the department's Visual Acuity Standards.
  • Applicants must show a pattern of fiscal responsibility.
  • Applicants must have good moral character.

Driving Record: In the two years prior to the beginning of the selection process for a recruit school, applicants cannot have:

  • An assessment of eight or more points
  • Three or more moving violations
  • Two or more traffic crashes resulting in moving violations or civil infractions

In the four years prior to the beginning of the selection process for a recruit school, applicants cannot have:

  • A conviction of driving with a suspended or revoked license
  • A conviction of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including impaired driving
  • Two or more convictions of reckless driving