The demands and expectations placed on an Arkansas State Trooper are extraordinary. That’s why the Arkansas State Police has some of the highest minimum standards required of any applicant who choose to enter a law enforcement career.
- Must be at least 20 years of age (must turn 21 by recruit school graduation)
- Must be a U.S. citizen
- Must possess a current driver license and in possession of the valid license
- Must be a certified high school graduate or possess a GED equivalency
- Must meet visual acuity requirements (An applicant’s vision must be sufficiently acceptable to ensure the applicant could fulfill the essential job functions of an Arkansas State Trooper. Applicants must possess binocular vision with normal color vision and depth perception and required peripheral vision of 140 degrees with a minimum visual acuity of 20/100 uncorrected, corrected to 20/20 in each eye.)
- Never convicted of a felony criminal charge
- Never convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence charge
- No tattoos shall be visible on an applicant’s neck, hands, head or face. Arm tattoos must be able to be concealed with a flesh-colored covering that closely matches
the employees skin tone. (Arkansas State Troopers are mandated to wear short sleeve uniforms from April 15 to October 15, and long sleeve uniforms from October 16 to April 14. There are no exceptions to this policy.) **updated January 2023!!
- **Note that college, military, and prior law enforcement experience are not required.