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Minnesota State Patrol

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

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The Minnesota State Patrol (MSP) provides for an exciting and meaningful career that goes beyond the highway. Today, nearly 600 State Troopers provide assistance, education and enforcement to state citizens and provide for safe, efficient movement of traffic on Minnesota’s roadways. Troopers also investigate and reconstruct serious crashes, conduct flight patrols and search and rescue missions, assist other law enforcement agencies, investigate vehicle crimes and serve as vital components of the state’s homeland security efforts.

MSP offers two separate employment opportunities, the Traditional and the Law Enforcement Training Opportunity (LETO). In order to determine which opportunity you qualify for, please read a brief description below. You may only apply for one of these options.




Please start with the frequently asked questions page listed below. If that does not answer your question, contact Sgt. David Rock at 651-757-1921 or


Minnesota Peace Officer Licensure


Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Board 


You must be a licensed peace officer in Minnesota or eligible for licensure as a peace officer in Minnesota in order to apply to become a Minnesota State Trooper. For information on how to become eligible for licensure, visit the MN POST Bo​ard website.   

Information on reciprocity licensing exams for out-of-state law enforcement officers and military personnel can also be found on the MN POST Board website or by clicking here.

Exception: You may be eligible to apply for the Law Enforcement Training Opportunity (LETO) Program if you are not a licensed peace officer in Minnesota and are not eligible for licensure as a peace officer in Minnesota.  Review the LET​O Pro​gram​​ webpage for more information.