The Wanted System is one of the core systems in GTA 5. It enforces law and order while giving the players a sense of realism. If they do something wrong, the police would show up and hunt them down. There are 5 Wanted levels in GTA 5 and GTA Online. In this article, we would list out the details related to the wanted system in GTA 5 to showcase how you can get to 5 stars the fastest.

1. One Star

Police Behavior:

All law enforcement in patrol present will attempt to give chase and arrest the player. Nearby civilian security guards and guard dogs will also engage the player. While wanted, the player can't start jobs and switch between protagonists (if Offline).

Arresting the player
Arresting the player

Conditions for one star:

  • Discharging a firearm in public (using a suppressor reduces the likelihood of invoking a wanted level)
  • Attacking, damaging, or destroying any vehicle (using explosives may give two or three stars outright)
  • Driving a vehicle with its alarm going off
  • Committing vehicular hit-and-run
  • Attacking or killing a civilian or animal
  • Stealing any vehicle
  • Committing arson
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Repeatedly stalking or harassing any NPC
  • Attempting to rob a civilian
  • Obstructing justice when law enforcement attempts to arrest or gun down a criminal
  • Trespassing in any area patrolled by security guards after sundowns, such as the Los Santos Golf Club and the Kortz Center
  • Driving a stolen vehicle (GTA Online only)

2. Two Stars

Police Behavior

Police officers call for backup, shoot to kill and use more aggressive driving techniques. Trevor Philips might automatically get a two-star rating upon switches.

Officers now shoot to kill

Conditions for two stars:

  • Entering Fort Zancudo's airspace (the player has 10 seconds to divert course away from the base before the Wanted Level is elevated to four stars, and anti-aircraft missiles are fired upon the player)
  • Entering Backlot City (prior to completing Mr. Richards only)
  • Resisting or evading arrest
  • Entering Bolingbroke Penitentiary
  • Robbing any convenience store
  • Attacking an armored truck (in GTA Online, this warrants three stars)
  • Using Chop to attack NPCs (while playing as Franklin)
  • Attacking or killing a security guard or guard dog
  • Killing multiple civilians within a short period of time
  • Destroying several vehicles within a short period of time
  • Attacking or killing a firefighter or paramedic

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3. Three Stars

Police Behavior

Officers and deputies wear bulletproof vests. Single-car roadblocks are set, with officers open fire upon player approach. The Roadblock officers join the pursuit if the player manages to breakthrough. The Police Maverick spawns, carries sharpshooters with Carbine Rifles on board. If the player is in the water, Predator boats spawns.

The Police Maverick
The Police Maverick with snipers onboard

Conditions for three stars:

  • Going beyond the reception area in the Mission Row police station
  • Entering the tarmac area of Los Santos International Airport without authorization
  • Shooting down any aircraft
  • Continuing to cause collateral damage
  • Continuing to resist or evade arrest
  • Attacking or killing a Fort Zancudo soldier
  • Attacking or killing a law enforcement officer

4. Four stars

Police Behavior

NOOSE units and another Police Maverick join the chase. These reinforcements use Granger SUVs or helicopters with armed NOOSE officers on board. They have Pump Shotguns, Carbine Rifles and Tear Gas Grenades. There are now multiple Roadblocks that use multiple vehicles. If players are over the airspace of Fort Zancudo, anti-aircraft missiles will be brought out. If the player is on the ground of the base, the 120 mm cannon of the Rhino will be used.


Conditions for four stars:

  • Entering the grounds of Humane Labs and Research
  • Entering the Los Santos Naval Port at the Port of Los Santos
  • Remaining in Fort Zancudo's airspace after being warned to leave
  • Entering the grounds of Fort Zancudo
  • Continuing to cause collateral damage
  • Continuing to retaliate against law enforcement

5. Five stars

Police Behavior

This is the max level in the Wanted system in GTA 5 and GTA Online. You will see everything above and more. A third Police Maverick might spawn, with even more roadblocks and aggressive ramming from the police. Overall, it is everything 4 stars were, but in an even greater number and ferocity. It is very hard to escape from police at this max level.

highest wanted level
The whole army would chase after you at the highest wanted level

Conditions for five stars:

  • Continuing to cause collateral damage
  • Continuing to retaliate against law enforcement

That's all about the Wanted system in GTA 5 and GTA Online from one to five star. Interested in more of our articles related to the GTA Series? Please check out this post for the Top 5 Most Exciting Heists In GTA Online.