Police Officer Requirements – Missouri

Missouri Department of Public Safety

A person may be eligible for licensing as a peace officer if the individual:

  • is twenty one (21) years of age
  • is a United States citizen
  • is the holder of a valid high school diploma or its equivalent
  • is a graduate of a Basic Law Enforcement Training Center
  • has passed the Missouri Peace Officer License Exam
  • has no criminal history as outlined in Section 590.080.1 and Section 590.100.1, RSMo.


  1. Only the POST mandated objectives are tested.
  2. Test questions are multiple-choice or true and false.
  3. There are 200 questions on the exam.
  4. There is no time limit to take the exam.
  5. Individuals who fail to pass the exam may apply to POST or its designated representative within thirty days of notification of failure. If an individual fails the exam a second time, such person must contact POST no later than thirty days after notification of failure and schedule a time to take the exam a third time. If an individual fails the exam a third time, or fails to re-schedule within the thirty day time frame to retake the exam, such person must wait one year from the date of the last exam unless they complete a basic training course of four hundred and eighty hours or more.


The process has three phases:

  1. Application – The application must be completed with all required information and documents attached. If any documents are not attached, or if the application is illegible, it will be returned to the applicant as incomplete.
  2. Assessment – Assessment points will be awarded for basic training, continuing professional education, higher education and years of service as a peace officer, federal, or military police officer. The points accrued will determine if the applicant is eligible to take the Missouri Peace Officer License Exam (MPOLE). A Class A license is required for employment in St. Louis, St. Charles, Jackson, and Jefferson Counties, and the City of St. Louis. A Class B license is required for employment in areas not requiring a Class A license.
  3. Exam –A minimum score of 70% must be obtained on the Missouri Peace Officer License Exam.

Ineligible Applicants:

Persons who have a Missouri Class R or a Class D license, or a person graduating from a reserve basic training course, is not eligible to qualify on the point scale.

Federal or Military Police Officer Information:

Federal law enforcement officers (which includes, but is not limited to the following federal job series and descriptions: 082, 1811, 1812, 1884, 1886 and Special Agents) or military police officers (which includes but not limited to Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard, attach: DD 214 when applicable) are encouraged to attach as much information as possible about the basic law enforcement training received.

Whenever possible, this information should include:

  1. Date of course;
  2. Location of course;
  3. Hours of training received;
  4. Name and number of the course attended;
  5. Curriculum overview.

Most federal/military training centers will provide this information upon request.

Send your application and all documentation to:
Missouri Department of Public Safety
POST Program
P.O. Box 749
Jefferson City, MO 65102