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Special Agent application process

The Application Process

Take the Next Step and Get Started On Your Career Path Today!

We encourage applicants to apply for special agent positions with the Secret Service electronically by submitting an application online via USAJOBS. 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.

Applicants who are unable to submit their application electronically may contact the Talent and Employee Acquisition Management Division at (202) 406-5271. Hearing impaired applicants may call TTY (202) 406-5390 for assistance. Applicants must contact the Talent and Employee Acquisition Management Division prior to the closing date of the specific job opportunity announcement in order to receive assistance.

Application process

Entry-Level Hiring Process:

Phase I: Competency

  • Job Opportunity Announcements (JOAs) posted on USAJOBS
  • Qualifications/Resume Review
  • SAEE Written Examination
  • Applicant Physical Abilities Test
  • Interview
  • Hiring Panel Review
  • Conditional Job Offer
Security

Phase II: Security

  • Security Interview/Credit Checks
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Medical Examination/Physiological Examination
  • Background Investigation

The timeframe 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 time, a wide range of information is verified. This includes employment history, police records, credit history, school transcripts, neighborhood references and military records.