Postal Job Requirements

Age Requirement:

Candidates must be 18 years old or 16 years old with a high school diploma.


Employees must be a United States citizen, a lawful permanent resident alien (i.e., possession of a “green card”), or a citizen of American Samoa or any other territory owing permanent allegiance to the United States.


Candidates must posses a basic competency in English.

Selective Service:

Males born after 12/ 31/ 59 must be registered with the Selective Service System.

Employment History:

Applicants must provide a ten year employment history or back to their 16th birthday.

Military Service:

Military service is treated as prior employment. Veterans must indicate service and submit Copy 4 of the DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.

Criminal History:

Criminal checks are required prior to employment. Drug Screen: A successful passing of an urinalysis drug screen is required for postal employment.

Health Assessment:

A health assessment is conducted to determine medical suitability for a specific position.

Safe Driving Record:

A safe driving record is required for employees who drive at work (e.g., city carriers and motor vehicle operators).


Postal Facts

In 2007, the USPS delivered over 200 billion pieces of mail, about 700 million pieces a day.

The USPS delivers more in one day than FedEx does in a year and more items in one week than United Parcel Service does in a year.

Each carrier delivers over 40 tons of mail per year.

An average carrier delivers more than 2,300 mail pieces per day on approximately 240,000 routes.