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Minimum Standards

Failure to meet any of the required selection process standards will result in the applicant’s elimination from the process.

  • The applicant shall be a citizen of the United States or have in-resident alien status as defined by federal law.
  • The applicant must have vision corrected to 20/20.
  • The applicant shall possess a valid North Dakota driver’s license; or, in case of residency therein, a valid driver’s license from another state; or eligibility to obtain either license. 
  • By the date of hire, the applicant must have completed the equivalent of a two-year education at an accredited college or university. An AA degree, 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits will fulfill this requirement.
  • By the date of hire the applicant must have successfully completed basic skills training at an accredited academy and be POST board eligible.
  • The applicant must be at least 21 years old at the time of hire.
  • The applicant shall not have been convicted of a class A misdemeanor in this state or in any other state or federal jurisdiction or of any offense in any other jurisdiction that would have been a felony or class A misdemeanor if committed in North Dakota within three (3) years of the date of application.
  • The applicant must have received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces if he/she has been in the military service.  
  • The applicant must not have any tattoos that are visible when the applicant is in a standing or sitting position of rest, and must further conform to all other appearance standards established by department policy.