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Get Started on Your Career Path Today

The first step is to explore the many career opportunities the Secret Service offers. Careers with the Secret Service are challenging and demanding, yet exciting and rewarding all at the same time. Special agents fulfill the Secret Service's investigative and protective missions. Uniformed Division officers serve an important role in protecting our nation's leaders and landmarks. Our many Administrative, Professional, Technical or Clerical Support staff are critical members of our highly-skilled workforce.

Special Agent and Uniformed Division Officer Hiring Process
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Administrative, Professional, Technical
and Clerical
Application/Hiring Process
Approximate Time Line: 4-6 months*

APT Hiring

We encourage applicants to apply for positions with the Secret Service electronically by submitting an application online. Positions may have unique application procedures. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to view current vacancy announcements and follow the specific application procedures outlined in the job opportunity announcement. The diagram below illustrates the job opportunity application process for new and returning USAJOBS users.

If you are unable to submit your application electronically, you may contact the Human Capital Division at (202) 406-6090 or, for hearing impaired applicants, TTY (202) 406-5390, for assistance. Applicants must contact the Human Capital Division prior to the closing date of the specific job opportunity announcement in order to receive assistance.

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PLEASE NOTE: Candidates must be U.S. citizens and must submit to urinalysis screening for illegal drug use prior to appointment. All Secret Service positions require a Top Secret security clearance. The time frame for completion of a background investigation varies depending on the history of the applicant. Typically, a full background investigation takes approximately six to nine months to complete. During this period of time a wide range of information is verified. This includes employment history, police records, credit history, school transcripts, neighborhood references and military records.

Certain positions may also require the applicant to successfully complete a polygraph and/or medical examination. Age, vision and excellent physical condition requirements may also apply. All Secret Service employees must meet the eligibility requirements for a Top Secret security clearance.

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Job Opportunity Announcement Posted on USAJOBS Certificate of Eligible Candidates Provided to Selecting Official Background Investigative Forms Issued Polygraph and/or Medical Examination if applicable Background Investigation Conducted Entrance on Duty Date (EOD) Established