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FBI Eligibility and Hiring

What it takes to join the FBI

There are specific eligibility requirements to join the FBI. Those who complete the process become part of a dedicated team that keeps our country safe.​


  • Be a U.S citizen
  • Have no criminal record
  • Adhere to FBI drug policy
  • Complete hiring process that can take up to a year
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FBI Eligibility

To be eligible for employment, you must adhere to the following guidelines prior to application consideration:

  • Be a U.S. citizen

  • Public record must be in good standing with no felony convictions

  • Adherence with FBI drug policy

  • Pass urinalysis and background investigation

  • Student loan repayments must be in good standing

  • Filed all required annual federal, state, and local taxes

  • Current on court ordered child support payments

  • No engagement with organizations designed to overthrow the U.S. government

  • Register with the U.S. Selective Service (for males only)

    Selective Service

For more details, please download the FBI Eligibility document.

FBI Eligibility

Veterans' Preference

We strongly encourage military service members and veterans to apply. Veterans who apply may be eligible for Veterans’ Preference.

To learn more, please visit the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Veterans Services page. 


Non-Competitive Hiring of Individuals with Disabilities

Individuals with Schedule A authorization can be non-competitively appointed to positions.

For more information, please visit OPM's Disabilities page.


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Hiring Process

We strive to provide a seamless hiring and onboarding process. Here is what you can expect in each phase:

  1. Application Submission
    Explore careers and apply to a position.

  2. Eligibility and Qualifications Review
    An HR specialist will review your application to determine your eligibility.

  3. Interview and Testing
    You will be contacted to schedule an interview. Specialized career paths may require additional assessments. 

  4. Conditional Job Offer
    After passing interviews and applicable assessments, you will receive a conditional offer for FBI employment.

  5. Background Investigation (BI)
    You will complete a BI, including a polygraph, to receive an FBI Top Secret Security Clearance.

  6. Final Job Offer
    After successfully completing BI, you will be eligible to receive a final job offer. 

  7. Entrance on Duty (EOD) Date Scheduled
    You will be scheduled for your first day at the FBI. You will attend orientation your first week and some positions require that you attend training at the FBI Academy in Quantico.


Become A Special Agent

Our special agents have a range of backgrounds, education, and skill sets that collectively allow us to stay ahead of threats. Special agents have the drive and leadership skills to take on new challenges and protect their communities.

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Special Agents

Special agents require additional qualifications. For more information, visit the special agents page.

Special Agents