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United States Capitol Police

Protect and Secure Congress

Civilian Application Process

Each civilian position at the United States Capitol Police (USCP) has unique application procedures based on the duties, responsibilities, and functions of the respective position. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to view the current vacancy announcements and follow the specific application procedures that include submitting a USAJobs application, questionnaire, and other required documentation. 

The minimum qualifications listed on each vacancy announcement will determine an individual’s basic eligibility for employment with the USCP.  Please note, the application process can be lengthy. Depending on a person’s specific circumstances, the process can take as little as a few months to more than a year. 

The USCP encourages applicants to apply for positions by submitting an online application at USAJobs here.  The USCP’s Job Opportunity Announcements are typically open on USAJobs for two to four weeks.  

The diagram below illustrates the general hiring process for civilian employees. 

Transportation and all related travel costs throughout the interview and hiring process must be paid by the applicant.

Background Investigation

Applicants under consideration for a civilian position with the USCP will undergo a full background investigation that will include a thorough review of the candidate’s employment, residential, and personal references as well as criminal, credit history, and academic records.  


Civilian applicants selected to work at the USCP will be required to complete their new hire paperwork using the USA Staffing Onboarding Manager Entrance on Duty System. The system will ask a series of questions, and the answers will be used to fill out the forms automatically. The majority of the paperwork can be electronically signed and submitted in the system, eliminating the need to print a majority of the paperwork. Once an account is established in the system, it will be accessible for 90 days after the new employee’s USCP start date. All questions regarding the new hire paperwork should be directed to the Human Resources representative who extended the offer of employment.


The United States Capitol Police is an equal opportunity employer.  All applicants will be considered without discrimination based on national origin, race, religion, sex (including marital or parental status), disability, age, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.  


Contact Us

USCP Office of Human Resources  
119 D Street, NE
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 593-3370