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
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 Selective Service System (for applicants who were assigned male at birth only, exceptions apply)
Of the requirements, these are critical:
- Have not used marijuana or cannabis in any form (natural or synthetic) and in any location (domestic or foreign) within the one (1) year preceding the date of their application for employment.
- Have not used any illegal drug within last ten (10) years preceding the date of the application for employment. Additionally, candidates cannot have sold, distributed, manufactured, or transported any illegal drug or controlled substance without legal authorization.
For more details, please download the FBI Eligibility document.
We strongly encourage military service members and veterans to apply. Veterans who apply may be eligible for Veterans’ Preference.
For more information, visit our military and veterans page.
Core Competencies (PDF)
These specialized traits represent the knowledge, skills, and abilities all of our employees are expected to cultivate and apply to their important work in fulfilling our mission.
Federal Resume Guide (PDF)
Outline of documentation you will need to provide in your application.
Federal Resume Template (DOCX)
The required resume template for all federal job applications.
Additional Application Forms
SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action form
For applicants with current or prior federal work experience.
DD-214, Member 4 copy or Service 2 copy or Statement of Service
Required for current or former members of the armed forces. You can request documents from Veterans Affairs (VA) or your military branch.
SF-15 10-Point Veteran Preference form or VA letter, dated within one year
Required for disabled veterans, in addition to the DD-214 or Statement of Service.
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.
Special agents require additional qualifications. For more information, visit the special agents page.