Police Officer Requirements – Florida

Minimum Requirements to be a Police Officer in Florida:

Individuals must:

  • be at least 19 years of age.
  • be a citizen of the United States.
  • have earned a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) for law enforcement and corrections applicants. 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 documentation of processed fingerprints on file with the employing agency.
  • pass a physical examination by a licensed physician, physician assistant, or certified advanced registered nurse practitioner.
  • have good moral character as determined by a background investigation under procedures established by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.