Minimum Standards

Candidates must meet the minimum standards for certification as a police officer in NC:

• 21 years of age or older

• Citizen of the United States

• High School graduate or possess an equivalency certificate

• Possess a valid North Carolina driver’s license

• Possess or be able to obtain a valid North Carolina Law Enforcement Certificate (BLET). Strong preference toward BLET certified candidates. Lack of current BLET certification may exclude from the process.

• Good moral character

• Have not committed or been convicted of a felony

• Have no more than 4 Class A misdemeanor convictions (within last 5 years)

• Have no Class B misdemeanor convictions

Read more about Class A and B misdemeanor certification guidelines.