MTA Police Officer Exam

MTA Police Patch

Duties:  Police Officers with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA”) are responsible for enforcing Federal, State and municipal laws and ordinances. Officers are responsible for protecting the visitors and staff who uses the MTA trains and facilities.. 

Starting Salary :  $41,000   Per Year
Top Pay is :          $99,368 per year (Upon completing 7 years of service).

Deadline to apply: Monday, August 15, 2016
Applications MUST be  ELECTRONICALLY filed.
Applications submitted by mail will not be accepted or considered.


Written Examination Qualifications

To qualify to take the written examination candidates must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen; and
  • Have a high school diploma or GED; and
  • Be at least 19, but not more than 35 years of age, as of the date of the written examination (Candidates who exceed this age requirement but who have a period of active military duty or terminal leave, not exceeding a total of 6 years, shall have these years subtracted from their age.)

Appointment Qualifications

To be appointed, candidates who have met all of the above requirements must also:

  • Possess a valid driver’s license at the time of the panel interview
  • Have a minimum of 60 credits with a 2.0 average from an accredited college at the time of the panel interview; or
  • Have 2 years satisfactory, full-time active service as a sworn police officer; or
  • Have 2 years active duty U.S. military experience with honorable discharge; and
  • Be at least 21 years of age at the date of appointment; and
  • Reside in New York State, New Jersey or Connecticut at the date of appointment and continue to maintain residence in New York State, New Jersey or Connecticut for the term of their employment with the MTAPD.


Work Location:

Vacancies exist Throughout the MTA system.

For more information: Click here
To apply: Click here

31 thoughts on “MTA Police Officer Exam

  1. whats a good grade on the written exam to get a call back? is it a pass or fail or numerical grade with a list number?

  2. Hi are there two test dates, I already paid and got an email stating the test was in February but I see older posts on here saying the 22nd of January ?

    1. This information was found on MTA website.
      Online applications may be submitted from Friday, July 1, 2016 through Monday, August 15, 2016.
      Expiration Date:
      Applications received in response to this posting will remain active until Wednesday, November 30, 2019.
      Here is a link that has information regarding the exam process.

  3. Hi, I am 19 yrs old still attending college. I registered on line to apply and received an email to take the written exam. May I take the written exam?

    1. Hi Lina, I reviewed the MTA Police Announcement and you only need a High school diploma or GED to take the test. There are additional requirements to be appointed. However, most civil service lists usually last 4 to 5 years. This will give you enough time, to get the required amount of college credits needed for appointment. So take the test. I recommend taking as many civil service exams as possible, this will increase your chances of getting a government job.

  4. Hi, I currently work for NYC department of corrections as a correction officer. I currently only have 39 college credits. Would my time (2 years) count as a sworn police officer for qualification purposes?

    1. Hi Lloyd, Thank you for visiting this website.
      Disclaimer: This website is not affiliated or endorsed by any Government Agency.
      Information provided is for informational purposes only. Therefore, I will suggest that you contact the MTA directly. You can find their contact info. at

      Also, in the pass John Jay College would give you college credit for your academy training. You should contact them also. You might only be one class away from the 60 credits. Good luck.

  5. When do you think they give the exam? I already applied and looking forward to it. Thanks in a advance

    1. They just sent me the notification to pay the fee for the exam yesterday 11/23/2016.

      The exam is scheduled for Jan 22, 2017

  6. Hi, My name is Emmanuel, I’m very intresting of becoming a MTA Police Officer, it will be something that I like. Right now I’m enrolled in College, I have 70 credits already, I believe I have the Skills and knowledge to be MTA Police Officer. thanks for reading this. You have a great Day.

    1. Although that exam is closed, consider applying for other State exams for various police jobs. You can view those exams today.

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