Requirements to be Employed as an Officer in Florida

To become employed as a certified law enforcement, correctional or correctional probation officer in Florida individuals must:

  • Be at least 19 years of age for law enforcement and correctional probation.

  • Be at least 18 years of age for corrections.

  • Be a citizen of the United States.

  • Have earned a high school graduate or equivalent (GED). (A bachelor’s degree is required for correctional probation officers.)

  • Have not been convicted of any felony or of any misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement.

  • Any person who, after July 1, 1981, pleads guilty or nolo contendere to, or is found guilty of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement, shall not be eligible for employment or appointment as an officer, not-withstanding suspension of sentence or withholding of adjudication.

  • Have never received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.

  • Have good moral character.

  • Have passed a Commission approved Basic Abilities Test, if not certified and attending a Florida Basic Recruit Training Program.  A BAT is not required for correctional probation. 

  • Have successfully completed the Florida Basic Recruit Training Program for the respective discipline or completed the Equivalency of Training process. 

  • Have achieved a passing score on the State Officer Certification Examination.

  • Have been fingerprinted by the employing agency with prints processed by the FDLE and the FBI.

  • Have successfully passed a background investigation, to include drug testing.

  • Have passed a physical examination by a licensed physician, physician assistant, or certified advanced registered nurse practitioner.

  • Have completed a CJSTC-68 Affidavit of Applicant Form.

  • Have complied with mandatory retraining or educational requirements (if already a certified officer).


Statutory Authority


For specific Florida Statute references and additional information:


943.13 - Officers' minimum qualifications for employment or appointment

943.135 - Establishment of qualifications and standards above the minimum



For specific Florida Administrative Code references and additional information:
11B-27.002 – Certification, Employment or Appointment, Reactivation, and Terminating Employment or Appointment of Officers

11B-27.00211 Fingerprint Processing and Criminal Record Results

11B-27.0022 Background Investigations

11B-27.00225 – Controlled Substance Testing Procedures