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Qualifications for Uniformed Division


To be considered for the position of a Uniformed Division officer, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Possess a current valid driver's license.
  • Be at least age 20 and less than age 37 at the time you receive a conditional offer of employment, unless you have previous service in a federal civilian law enforcement position covered by special law enforcement or firefighter retirement provisions, including early or mandatory retirement.

*Applicants with veteran's preference must receive a conditional offer of employment prior to reaching age 40 to continue in the application process.

  • Possess uncorrected visual acuity of no worse than 20/100 binocular. Possess corrected visual acuity of 20/20 or better in each eye.*

* LASIK, ALK, RK, and PRK corrective eye surgeries are acceptable eye surgeries for Uniformed Division officer applicants. Applicants will be considered eligible for the Uniformed Division officer position provided specific visual tests are passed. The following are waiting periods for visual tests: LASIK-2 months after surgery, PRK-6 months after surgery, and ALK and RK-one year after surgery.

Uniformed Division officer qualifications

  • Pass a hearing exam.*

*Hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer, must not exceed 25 decibels (A.S.A. or equivalent I.S.O.) in either ear in the 500, 1000, and 2000 Hz ranges. Applicants must be able to hear the whispered voice at 15 feet with each ear without the use of a hearing aid.

  • Have no visible body markings. The Secret Service prohibits employees from having visible body markings (including but not limited to tattoos, body art, and branding) on the head, face, neck, hand, and fingers (any area below the wrist bone) (exception: a single conservative and unobtrusive tattoo in the form of a ring (e.g., wedding band) is authorized on one finger). If you have visible body markings, you will be required to medically remove such visible body markings at your own expense prior to entering on duty with the Secret Service.
  • Be in excellent health and physical condition and pass an Applicant Physical Abilities Test.
  • Complete 13 weeks of intensive training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA or Artesia, NM and 16 weeks of specialized training at the James J. Rowley Training Center in Laurel, MD.*

*Failure to pass the training program on the first attempt may result in separation from the Secret Service.

  • Qualify for top secret clearance and undergo a complete background investigation, including driving record check, drug screening, medical and polygraph examinations.
  • Certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so (if you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959).
  • Be appointed to this position under an excepted appointment which is limited to 3 years and 120 days. Upon completion of this period, you will either be converted to career status or separated based on the expiration of the appointment.
  • Carry and use a firearm.*

*Maintaining firearm proficiency is mandatory. You will be ineligible to occupy this position if at any time you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, unless you received a pardon or your conviction was expunged or set aside.

You qualify for the LE-01 grade level (starting salary $73,502) if you meet the following requirements:

  • Possess, at a minimum, a high school diploma or certificate of equivalency.
  • Be the age of 20 at the time of application. Must be 21 years of age at the time of appointment.