Postal Employment Requirements

One of the great things about Postal jobs is the employment requirements. Almost anyone can meet them. All applicants must meet the below requirements regardless of the type of job…fulltime, part-time, temporary, or whatever:

Age Requirement: Must be at least 18 at time of employment or 16 with high school diploma. There is no maximum age limit. (Notice that they say “at time of employment”. There is no minimum age for applying or for taking an exam, but you must be this minimum age before they can hire you.)

Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen, a legal permanent resident alien with a green card, or a citizen of American Samoa or any other territory owing permanent allegiance to the U.S.

English Competency: Must have basic competency in English. (One purpose of Postal exams is to test for adequate grasp of the English language.)

Selective Service Registration: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service System.

Employment History: Must provide full employment history for the ten year period prior to applying or to the applicant’s 16th birthday, whichever is most recent. (Date gaps are not acceptable. Periods of unemployment must be included and identified.)

Military Service: Military service is viewed as prior employment. Military veterans must detail their service history and submit Copy 4 of the DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge.

Criminal Conviction History: Questions about criminal history are included in the application, and a criminal history check is conducted prior to employment.

Drug Screening: Urinalysis drug screening is conducted prior to employment.

Medical Assessment: A medical assessment is conducted prior to employment to determine ability to perform particular job functions.

Safe Driving Record: A safe driving record is required for employees who may be required to operate Postal or personal vehicles as part of their job functions. An official driving record will be requested prior to employment.