Application Process

Application Process


Step 1: Application and Supplemental Questionnaire

Step 1: Application and Supplemental Questionnaire
Step 1: Application and Supplemental Questionnaire

Submit the online application at NEBRASKA STATE TROOPER

  • Click the " Find a State Job"
  • Click the search button and type "Nebraska State Patrol"
  • Click on the job posting
  • Click the green "Apply Now" button
  • If you are a new user, click the "Create an Account" link. If, you already have an account, log in with your username and password.
  • Complete the on-line application.
  • Attach the completed Supplemental Questionnaire form Supplemental Form 
    (Application will be rejected if this form is not completed and attached; double check before you hit SUBMIT!)

If you meet the minimum requirements you will be notified by email to proceed to the next step. When setting up your account, please type in valid email address.

Step 2: Written Exam

Step 2: Written Exam
Step 2: Written Exam

The NSP Human Resource Division will administer a Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) exam which includes: Reading, Mathematics Computation, Applied Mathematics, Language, Vocabulary, Language Mechanics and Spelling.  Each applicant has to have a passing composite score of 11.0 or higher. Applicants who pass will be notified to move to the Physical Abilities Testing.

*Applicants, who have taken and passed the TABE, with the NSP, NLETC or Morrow & Associates must provide verification of their passing score to NSP to waive this step. Verification may be attached to the on-line application.

* There is no study guide for the exam.
* You must bring your valid driver's license to the exam.

TABE Testing

2018 dates will be available as necessary during the second week of each month, and held in Lincoln:

Dates scheduled in 2018 for TABE testing are:

  • 7/11
  • 8/8
  • 9/12
  • 10/10
  • 11/14
  • 12/12 

You must be invited to the testing to attend, once your application is approved.

Step 3: Physical Abilities Testing (PAT)

Step 3: Physical Abilities Testing (PAT)
Step 3: Physical Abilities Testing (PAT)

2018 dates will be available as necessary and currently are scheduled for the following dates in Grand Island: 

Dates scheduled in 2019 for PAT are 

January 2019 March 2019
Wednesday, January 2nd Wednesday, March 6th
Wednesday, January 30th Wednesday, March 13th

1/2, 1/30, nd 11/16. 

The PAT consists of a timed 1.5 mile run, Dummy Drag, Run with Obstacle, Scale Lift & Carry, Handle Weapons and Body Mass Index (BMI).

Male     1.5 Mile Run


1.5 Mile Run
20-39 15:10


40-49 16:00 40-49 19:20
50-59 17:36 50-59 20:45

Click on the Candidate Preparation for Physical Abilities link for more information. Physical Abilities Handbook

* Applicants who successfully complete the PAT will be contacted by email on the next step of the process.

Step 4: Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ)

Step 4: Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ)
Step 4: Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ)

Applicants will receive the PHQ instructions via email. The PHQ must be completed by the deadline identified in the email; non-completion will result in rejection from the process.

Step 5: Background Investigation

Step 5: Background Investigation
Step 5: Background Investigation

The Nebraska State Patrol will conduct a complete and through background investigation on each applicant that moves forward in the process. Applicant should  begin gathering copies of the following for the Background Investigator.

  1. A photocopy of your certified birth certificate (not hospital copy)
  2. A photocopy of your valid driver's license
  3. A copy of DD214 military records (if applicable)
  4. A copy of your high school diploma or GED certificate
  5. Copies of your college transcript or diploma (if applicable)
  6. Naturalization forms (if applicable)

The following components will be covered during the background investigation.

  • Personal History
  • Employment History
  • Education
  • Military
  • Residency
  • Motor Vehicle Operation
  • Legal
  • Financial History - Credit Report with Score
  • References
  • In-Home Interview

Step 6: Employment Review Board (ERB)

Step 6: Employment Review Board (ERB)
Step 6: Employment Review Board (ERB)
  • NSP is committed to hiring individuals who exemplify the agency's values by providing the highest quality of law enforcement and services to the citizens. The ERB is responsible for reviewing the background to ensure the best candidates are selected. The ERB is comprised of NSP sworn officers who can communicate the perspective of one or more of the racial, ethnic or gender groups protected by the state and federal EEO laws.
  • All completed backgrounds will be submitted to the Employment Review Board which reviews all applicant information and makes a final recommendation to the Colonel.
  • Applicants will be notified via email if they are approved to continue in the process after the ERB recommendations are reviewed and approved by the Colonel. A Conditional Offer of Employment will be given to an applicant at this step and if they accept, they will continue to Step 7 of the process. Applicants must understand that the Conditional Offer of Employment is not a final offer of employment and should not give notice, quit their present job or relocate.

Step 7: Polygraph, Psychological Testing/Interview & Medical Exam

Step 7: Polygraph, Psychological Testing/Interview & Medical Exam
Step 7: Polygraph, Psychological Testing/Interview & Medical Exam
  • Polygraph Examination - The examination is conducted at one of the NSP offices located throughout the state, by a NSP polygraph examiner. The background investigation information, application and questionnaires, are provided to the examiner to assist with conducting the polygraph examination. The examiner will question the applicant in the areas of honesty, integrity, character and loyalty. The polygraph examiner will submit a report for review to the Administrative Review Board.
  • Psychological Testing/Interview - Applicants will be required to take a series of written psychological tests. These tests will provide the necessary information required by the psychologist, contracted by the NSP, to do a follow up interview.
  • Medical Examination - The examination will take place at a facility which has been contracted by the NSP following the policy and procedures outlined by the Nebraska State Patrol and the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Academy. The exam will include, but is not limited to, such items as a blood draw, a complete physical to include vision and hearing test. * The exam is paid for by the Nebraska State Patrol.

Step 8: Final Interview

Step 8: Final Interview
Step 8: Final Interview

Applicants who are successful in all areas of Step 7 will be scheduled for a final formal interview to be conducted at NSP State Headquarters in Lincoln. NSP Command staff will serve on the interview board. Successful applicants will be contacted by the Training Academy staff after the final interviews to receive a final offer of employment and information about basic recruit camp.

Law Enforcement Certification Standards

Admission requirements are set by statute and rule and regulation. Chapter 8 of Nebraska Crime Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice rules and regulations contains specific information. You may view these rules and regulations on the Nebraska Secretary of State's Web Site.

Generally, the admission requirements are as follow:

  • Age 21 before completion of the training program
  • Citizen of the United States
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Hold Nebraska Driver’s license
  • Able to read, write, and understand the English language at the eleventh grade level as demonstrated by the Test of Adult Basic Education
  • Possess good character as determined by a thorough background investigation to include but not limited to consideration of the following:
    • Not convicted or has been pardoned of a crime punishable by imprisonment in a penitentiary for a term of one year or more, including convictions of Class 1 Misdemeanors
    • Not been convicted of driving while intoxicated or under the influence in the two years immediately preceding admission
    • Has not received a punitive discharge from the United States Armed Forces
    • Has not been denied certification status, had certification revoked or currently suspended in this state or another jurisdiction
    • Not been convicted of any crime involving the threat or actual use of physical violence that would constitute a Class I misdemeanor in this state.
    • Not been convicted of any crime involving the threat of or actual sexual assault or abuse.
    • Not convicted of any crime of physical violence or sexual abuse against a child or children.
    • Not convicted of a crime of domestic violence as defined in the United States Code, 18 USC 922(g)(9), that would disqualify from possessing a firearm.
    • Not subject to an order of protection that would disqualify from possessing a firearm under the provisions of United States Code, USC 922(g)(8)
    • Does not have a past indicative of incompetence, or neglect of duty.
    • Does not have a past indicative of physical, mental or emotional incapacity.
    • Has not been adjudged or convicted of criminal violations with such frequency so as to indicate a disrespect for the law and rights of others.
    • Has not been adjudged or convicted of traffic violations with such frequency so as to indicate a disrespect for traffic laws and disregard for the safety of others within the past three years.
    • Does not have a pattern of substance abuse.
      • Has not used marijuana for any purpose in the two years preceding application
      • Not used illegal drugs or narcotics other than marijuana in the five years preceding application

The Nebraska State Patrol is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to assuring equal employment opportunity to applicants and employees in all aspects of personnel administration without regard to political affiliation, race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, or religious creed.

If you have questions or would like additional information about the Nebraska State Patrol Sworn Officer Recruitment process please call us at JOIN NSP (866-564-6677) or email

* The Nebraska State Patrol is committed to a goal of maintaining a workforce that is representatives of ethnic, racial and gender composition of the State of Nebraska. If, you represent a community service organization that is in contact with likely candidates for recruitment, and if you are interested in receiving job announcements from the Nebraska State Patrol for distribution to your clients or members, please contact us.