How To Become Employed 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.
  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Have earned a high school graduate or equivalent (GED). (A bachelors degree is required for correctional probation officers.)
  • Not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement.
  • Any person who, after July 1, 1981, pleads guilty or nolo contendere to, or is found guilty of a 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.
  • Never have 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 *
  • Successfully completed the Florida Basic Recruit Training Program for the respective discipline or equivalency for out of state officers. *
  • Achieved a passing score on the State Officer Certification Examination. * (Exception: auxiliary officers do not need to take the SOCE).
  • Have been fingerprinted by the employing agency with prints processed by the FDLE and the FBI.
  • Successfully passed a background investigation, to include drug testing.
  • Have passed a physical examination by a licensed physician.
  • Completed a CJSTC-68 Affidavit of Applicant Form
  • (If already a certified officer) Complied with mandatory retraining or educational requirements.

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