Eligibility & Hiring

Eligibility: To become a U.S. Capitol Police Officer, you must meet these requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship 

  • Must be 21 years old, but not older than 39 years old at the time of appointment (or 40 years old if the applicant turns 40 in the same month as their initial appointment)

  • Have a high school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED)

  • Possess a valid U.S., state issued driver’s license and have a responsible driving history for the past year  

  • Be registered with the Selective Service System; or exempt from the Selective Service System registration as a female or due to age or military status; those with military service must provide documentation of an honorable discharge

  • Complete a full background investigation

  • Additional requirements may apply

Hiring Process:  Please submit your resume, supporting documents and questionnaire when you apply here today.

  • Pre-Employment Screening
  1. Authorization for Release of Information form 

  2. Personal History Statement (PHS)

  • Initial Assessment Phase (virtual):

  1. Orientation Session: An overview of the USCP mission, hiring process, training, and career opportunities

  2. Police Officer Selection Test (POST): A written exam to test the candidates knowledge of basic math, reading, and grammar; a passing score of at least 70% for each section is required to move to the next phase

  • Conditional Offer of Employment

  • Examination Phase: This phase requires candidates to visit our offices in Washington D.C. and consists of the following:

  1. Psychological Examination

  2. Medical Examination

  3. Polygraph Examination

  4. Physical Readiness Test (PRT)

  • Background Investigation: The final phase requires candidates to undergo a full background investigation that will include a thorough review and verification of employment history, references, criminal and credit history, and academic records

  • Final Offer of Employment

View our FAQ page for additional information


Civilian Career Opportunities

The USCP also offers a wide range of Civilian career opportunities. As part of the USCP team, Civilian employees have the opportunity to offer professional skills to directly support the Department’s unique mission. Click here to view Civilian career opportunities and apply. Eligibility requirements include:

  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Must be at least 18 years old

  • Must possess the appropriate education level based on the job requirements of each position to include, at a minimum, a High School Diploma or GED

  • Must complete a full background investigation

  • Additional requirements may apply

 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.