About the State Highway Patrol

Col. Glenn McNeillThe North Carolina State Highway Patrol's primary mission is to reduce collisions and make the highways of North Carolina as safe as possible.

The State Highway Patrol has more than 1,600 troopers who cover 78,000 miles of North Carolina roadways, more than any other state except Texas. In addition to enforcing the state's traffic laws, state troopers also guide traffic during hurricane evacuations, re-route traffic around hazardous chemical spills, and they stand ready, should any act of terrorism occur.

State Troopers are committed to protecting North Carolina's motoring public.  Please be alert and drive responsibly. 

Col. Glenn McNeill
Commander of the N.C. State Highway Patrol


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The N.C. State Highway Patrol has 2,340 employees including state troopers, telecommunicators, radio engineers and civilian staff.

144th Basic School scheduled to begin Feb. 11, 2018 - May 25, 2018

This will be a short 16-week school. Age- Must be 21 years of age by the first day of basic school to apply and no more than 39 years of age on the first day of Patrol Basic School.

145th basic school scheduled to begin March 4, 2018 - Sept. 21, 2018

This will be a long 29-week school. Age - Must be 21 years of age by the first day of basic school to apply and no more than 39 years of age on the first day of Patrol Basic School.

Key Statistics 

  • 2014 Driving While Impaired Arrests: 20,190
  • 2014 N.C. Highway Fatality Total:  913

Related Services

Troop Locations

The Highway Patrol has eight troop locations throughout the state. A Traffic Safety Information officer is located at each troop to promote highway safety and provide presentations to schools, civic groups, or any other interested parties.

Safety Programs
The State Highway Patrol has safety programs for bicycles, seat belts and school buses and its popular Buckle-in-Baby-Safely Program.   Teenage Driving Information is here. 

Governor's Awards for Excellence

Two members of the State Highway Patrol received the Governor's Award for Excellence Nov. 17, 2015 in the categories of Innovation and Heroism.

Lt. Jeff Gordon and Trooper Chris Matos, were honored Nov. 17 at the Governor's Awards of Excellence ceremony.

Lt. Gordon received his award in the category of Efficiency and Innovation for using the Highway Patrol's driving simulator to teach teens about distracted driving. Trooper Matos received his award in the category of Safety and Heroism for rescuing a mother and her two children from a frigid creek when their car slid off an icy road.

Gordon and Matos were among 15 recipients of the Governor's Awards for Excellence and were selected from more than 80 nominations.

The awards represent the highest honor that a state employee can receive for dedicated service.

Get more details on the two winning awards.

Need Assistance?

Motorists traveling through the state who need assistance may dial *47 which is *HP on a cellular phone.

Contact Us


State Highway Patrol main office number: (919) 733-7952


Have you received a call asking for donations to the State Highway Patrol? The The North Carolina State Highway Patrol does not solicit financial contributions from private citizens. NCSHP is funded from tax dollars.

If you have been contacted by a telemarketing organization representing itself to be the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, you should know that the NCSHP receives no financial support from these organizations.

Some groups include in their names the terms "Highway Patrol," "State Troopers," or "North Carolina Highway Patrol." While some officers may be members of these associations on their own time, these organizations are not affiliated with the NCSHP. They are private associations raising money to fund their own programs.

If you have been contacted by an organization that you believe is misrepresenting itself, you can contact the North Carolina Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at (919) 716-6000.