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).


Practice. Practice. Practice...

We highly recommend that you acquire a study guide and take practice tests before you sit for your actual exam. The key to preparation is understanding what's on the exam and practice, practice, practice.

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