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Become a Motor Carrier Officer

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Become a Motor Carrier Officer

On Duty:

Motor carrier officers are armed members of the Michigan State Police responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. Motor carrier officers enforce traffic safety laws on commercial vehicles, protect the infrastructure through size and weight enforcement, conduct commercial vehicle and driver inspections, and contribute to homeland security efforts by enforcing hazardous material regulations. Motor carrier officers also respond to emergency situations, e.g., traffic crashes, assist distressed motorists, backup other law enforcement officers, and are a resource for agencies statewide with investigations involving commercial vehicles.

Work is typically performed either at a weigh station or on road patrol. Alternatively, the officer may be assigned to a specialized unit in the headquarters office or at a field location. A motor carrier officer's patrol is self-directed and encourages proactive and independent decision making.

Individual worksites set schedules and many prioritize day shifts, with limited weekend work.


Learn more about the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division (CVED)


Recruits are employees of the MSP on the first day of recruit school and do not pay for their training. Recruits also receive full insurance and other benefits while attending recruit school.
Recruits receive $3,900 per month during academy training.
Starting salary is approximately $50,000, not including overtime and shift premiums.

Through annual step increases, after six years of service an officer’s base salary increases to over $68,000. 

Great Benefits:

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  • Defined benefit/defined contribution and health savings plans.
  • Paid holiday, vacation and sick leave.
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave. 
  • Health, dental, vision, and life insurances. 
  • Uniforms and equipment are provided. 
  • Tuition reimbursement, career guidance and specialized training.
  • Access to wellness and resiliency resources and employee resource groups
  • Continuing education partnerships for reduced/discounted tuition and recognition of training for college credits at numerous colleges and universities.

Our Stories: Motor Carrier Officers

No Degree or Law Enforcement Experience Required.

Minimum Requirements:

  • 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.
    • A felony conviction or a reasonable belief the applicant committed a felony is cause for automatic disqualification from the selection process. This includes felony convictions expunged or set aside.
    • A conviction of a penal law punishable by imprisonment of more than one year. The misdemeanor convictions listed below are cause for automatic disqualification from the selection process:
      • i. A misdemeanor involving the use of a firearm or dangerous weapon with the intent to injure, or the use of a firearm or dangerous weapon involving force or violence or the threat of force or violence.
      • ii. A misdemeanor involving criminal sexual conduct.
      • iii. A misdemeanor involving abuse or neglect.
      • iv. A one-year misdemeanor involving unlawful entry/breaking and entering.
      • v. A misdemeanor involving embezzlement.
      • vi. A misdemeanor involving a moving violation resulting in death or serious impairment of a bodily function.
      • vii. A one-year misdemeanor involving larceny, theft, or fraud.
      • viii. A conviction or a reasonable belief the applicant committed domestic violence or stalking is cause for automatic disqualification from the selection process. This includes convictions that have been expunged or set aside or any crimes listed in Public Act 201 of 2023.
      • ix. A misdemeanor involving a controlled substance.
      • x. Operating while intoxicated/drugged, second offense within seven years.
    • Disclosure of drug use does not preclude an applicant from moving forward in the selection process and will be evaluated on case by case basis.
    • A misdemeanor conviction involving any of the above categories for an applicant that was charged as an adult and settled by pre-trial diversion, plea bargain, set aside, deferment, Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA), or expungement, are automatically disqualified from the selection process.
    • Juvenile (16-years-old or prior) misdemeanor convictions, adjudications and court actions including expungements, HYTA, pre-trial diversions, plea bargains, set asides, and deferments will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

    Applicants will be permanently disqualified from our process for intentionally providing False, Misleading or Inaccurate information.

Hiring Process:

Step 1: NEOGOV Application

Apply to Become a Motor Carrier Officer

The applicant must complete the NEOGOV Motor Carrier Officer application. Applicants will be required to upload the following documents into NEOGOV when filling out the online application, if applicable:

Any marijuana use after submitting an application is prohibited and will result in a 1-year deferment from the selection process.

Step 2: Entry-Level Law Enforcement Exam
Take the Entry Level Law Enforcement Exam through the National Testing Network (NTN). The test is valid for 5 years. The exam evaluates the skills, knowledge and abilities related to elements of law enforcement positions. Visit Apply Now for more information.
Step 3: Background Investigation
Considered the most important step in the selection process, a trained department employee conducts a thorough and comprehensive background investigation, including the applicant's past actions and experiences, to help determine the applicant's suitability for employment. The department places significant emphasis on the results of an applicant's background investigation. Members of the MSP Recruiting and Selection Section thoroughly review the completed investigations to determine if applicants will continue with the selection process.
Step 4: Hiring Interview

Designed to assess specific competencies necessary to perform the duties of the motor carrier officer, the hiring interview will be based on the Michigan Department of Civil Service validated job assessment for the position. Each applicant will be asked a series of questions in one or more of the following categories:

  • Building Trust
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability
  • Continuous Learning
  • Decision Making
  • Customer Focus
  • Work Standards
  • Communication
  • Initiating Action
  • Job Fit

In the hiring interview, candidates will be asked to describe their experience(s) in the above areas. Candidates will be required to describe to the interview panel, which consists of three department members, a situation or task, the action taken and the results of that action. Your success depends on your ability to articulate what you have done to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform as a law enforcement officer, although the experience may have occurred in some other area. In addition, questions may arise from the background investigation itself, personal history questionnaire, driving record, credit history, references, criminal history, resume, or other relevant information. An excellent resource on the Targeted Selection approach to interviewing is Preparing for Behavior Based Interviews, which is provided by the Michigan Civil Service Commission.

Step 5: Conditional Offer of Employment

Pursuant to applicable state and federal law, candidates who achieve a rating high enough to merit appointment to the Academy are given a conditional offer of employment. This offer states that, if the candidate passes the remaining pre-employment steps, the candidate will be appointed to the Academy. Candidates must continue to meet the minimum requirements. Negative information that comes to the attention of the department after a conditional offer of employment is made is open to review, and may subject the candidate to revocation of the offer. Applicants will be asked for their top 3 post assignment selections at the time of the conditional offer.

  • Psychological Screening and Medical Examination: All candidates shall undergo a psychological screening administered at the direction of the department's Behavioral Sciences Section prior appointment to an Academy. All candidates must pass this examination and a medical examination within 180 days prior to appointment.
  • Drug Screening: All candidates must pass this examination and a medical examination within 180 days prior to appointment. All candidates shall be drug screened at least once prior to appointment to the Academy.
  • MCOLES Physical Fitness Test: All applicants will be required to update the MCOLES Physical Fitness Test with the Michigan State Police before the start of recruit school.
Step 6: Appointment
Applicants who successfully complete all selection process steps are invited to the next scheduled recruit school. Applicants will receive an appointment letter describing details of the recruit school orientation and specific equipment necessary to begin the training, as well as their post assignment.
Step 7: Academy Training
Recruits are required to live at the academy during the week and are released on Friday evenings. They are required to return on Sunday evenings. This is a great sacrifice that takes commitment and a strong desire to succeed. Learn more about a recruit's life
Motor carrier officer recruits in classroom.
Motor carrier officer recruits in classroom.

Motor Carrier Officer Recruit School

Every Motor Carrier Officer was once a recruit, giving each officer a shared experience unlike any other.

After Graduation:

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Post Placement

Applicants are asked to submit preferred post locations when receiving their conditional offer of employment with their most preferred as number one. Every effort is made to fulfill their request while balancing the personnel needs of the agency. Applicants will receive their post assignment in their Appointment Letter.
Two motor carrier officers stand in front of a weigh station.

Field Training Officer Program

After graduation, recruits become probationary motor carrier officers assigned to posts across the state. Each new motor carrier officer is assigned to a Field Training Officer (FTO) at the post and accompanies the FTO on all his/her assignments and shifts. At the completion of the probation period, which lasts approximately 17 weeks, the new motor carrier officers are approved to work alone.
Motor carrier officer inspecting a commercial vehicle.

Career Paths

Officers are eligible to transfer to different post locations after completion of the training program.

As their career advances, officers are able to apply for investigator positions or work in a variety of specialty assignments.