Liquor Enforcement Officer Eligibility Requirements

Age Requirement
– Applicants must be at least 20 years of age on or before the date the application is completed. 

Residency and Citizenship Requirement – Applicants must be a resident of Pennsylvania and possess a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license upon appointment as a Liquor Enforcement Officer Trainee.  Applicants must be a United States Citizen at the time of initial application.

Educational Requirement – Applicants must possess a high school diploma or General Equivalency Degree (GED) at the time of initial application.

Automatic Disqualification Factors

Applicants are advised that the Pennsylvania State Police will automatically disqualify any applicant who does not meet the general requirements as detailed above.  In addition, the following information is provided regarding our criteria for automatic disqualification:

• Falsification, omission, or misrepresentation of any information during the completion of the Polygraph Screening Booklet, the Polygraph Examination, the Formal Application for Employment, and any other documents/processes associated with the Selection Procedures.

• Substance use/abuse within a prescribed time frame and/or that is beyond what is considered experimental by the Pennsylvania State Police.

• Criminal arrests/behavior which would not reflect well on the Pennsylvania State Police.


The core purpose of the Pennsylvania State Police is to seek justice, preserve peace, and improve the quality of life for all.  As such, the Department has established the core values of Honor, Service, Integrity, Respect, Trust, Courage and Duty, and is seeking applicants who possess these traits and conduct themselves accordingly.  Certain issues within a person’s background have been identified which will result in automatic disqualification, including but not limited to:  criminal conduct (actual arrest and/or admission of behavior whether or not arrested) and substance abuse.


The automatic disqualification factors are confidential and will not be released to applicants.  Applicants who wish to ascertain if they may be subject to an automatic disqualification based upon their life conduct / behavior may inquire, in writing, to the following e-mail address: 
ra-pspdqfactors@pa.gov.

A preliminary determination will be made by the Pennsylvania State Police based upon information supplied; therefore, applicants must be forthright and honest in documenting their conduct.  Be advised that this preliminary determination is not binding as it is made based upon information provided by the applicant only.  Should an applicant continue in the selection process, the conduct will then be discussed and documented with a Pennsylvania State Police Officer.

NOTE:  The eligibility requirements are subject to change at any time.

Questions regarding the Liquor Enforcement Officer Trainee Selection Procedures may be forwarded to the Pennsylvania State Police at: 
ra-pspleoprocessing@pa.gov.

The Pennsylvania State Police is an Equal Opportunity Employer