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


Become a North Carolina State Trooper

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

146th basic school scheduled to begin August 5, 2018 - November 16, 2018

This will be a long 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.

Key Statistics 

  • 2016 Driving While Impaired Arrests: 20,305
  • 2016 N.C. Highway Fatality Total:  1,037

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








Sgt. Joe Bright of the State Highway Patrol received the Governor's Award for Excellence Nov. 7, 2017 in the categoryof Human Relations.

Bright was recognized for his outstanding leadership within human relations as he provides service through the Highway Patrol and dedication towards his community while off duty.

Bright was among 100 nominations with just 12  recipients of the Governor's Awards for Excellence.

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

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.