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 an application through the USCP career site, APEX, fill out a questionnaire, and upload 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 individuals to apply for open positions by submitting an application through the USCP career site, APEX.  The USCP’s Job Opportunity Announcements are typically open in APEX 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.  


Upon obtaining a final offer of employment, new employees will be required to complete their new hire paperwork using the provided link in the final offer letter.  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