Postal Inspectors

For each academy class, we have the honor of choosing an elite group of men and women to join us as Postal Inspectors. These men and women are evaluated on the knowledge, skills, and abilities in communication, personal responsibility, problem-solving, decision-making, and leadership.

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The Role of a Postal Inspector

Postal Inspectors face different crimes and challenges. Watch to learn more about their role as a law enforcement agency.

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  • How do I apply?

    Postal Inspector candidates are required to complete an in-depth screening and hiring process including:

    • Online Application
    • Business Writing Test
    • Language Examination
    • Polygraph Examination
    • Management Interview
    • Conditional Employment Offer
    • Background Investigation
    • Physical Assessment
    • Basic Training
  • Am I eligible to apply?

    You may be eligible to apply to become a Postal Inspector if you:

    • Are an American citizen between the ages of 21 and 36½, or a veteran.
    • Currently hold a four-year degree from an accredited college or university.
    • Have no felony or domestic violence convictions.
    • Are in good physical condition.
    • Write and speak English clearly.
    • Are willing to relocate.

    The Postal Inspection Service is firmly committed to a drug-free workplace. The unlawful use or possession of drugs, at any time, by Inspection Service employees is not tolerated, and may serve as the basis for removal from the Postal Inspection Service. Individuals who apply for employment with the Inspection Service and illegally use, possess, or sell drugs may be considered unsuitable for employment.

    The Postal Inspection Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • Do I have the right skills and qualifications?

    There are four special knowledge tracks that make applicants more competitive for the position of Postal Inspector: language skills, postal experience, specialized non-postal skills, and academic achievement. Candidates without special knowledge will only be minimally qualified.

    Language Skills

    Candidates who seek eligibility under language skills must have advanced competency in a foreign language deemed by the Postal Inspection Service as necessary to meeting its investigative mission.

    Postal Experience

    Candidates seeking consideration under the specialized postal experience track must have been within the last two years a U.S. Postal Service employee, contractor, or intern.

    Specialized Experience

    Candidates with experience in the military, law enforcement, or bioterrorism investigations are considered candidates with specialized experience. Other highly qualified specialized candidates have specialized computer expertise, or certifications in computer systems, auditing, or investigations.

    Academic Achievement

    Candidates with a B.A. or B.S. from an accredited university and a GPA of 3.0 or above or an advanced degree (M.A., M.S., J.D., or Ph.D) will be considered as part of the Academic Achievement track.

  • What is the online application process?

    The online application is the first step to becoming a Postal Inspector and includes six steps:

    1. Profile

      First, the application begins with a brief profile of your personal information.

    2. Application

      Then you must confirm your eligibility, work history, and specialized experience.

    3. Exam Part 1

      This timed, multiple-choice exam must be completed within 72 hours of receiving the email.

    4. eCAP

      If you successfully complete Exam 1, you will be invited to complete an Electronic Comprehensive Application Packet (eCAP) and submit it within 120 hours of receipt.

    5. Appointment

      If you’ve been selected to move forward, you will receive an email asking that you participate in an information exchange. You must accept the invitation within 48 hours from receipt of the email or you will be given no further consideration for this position.

    6. Exam Part 2

      You will be administered the Exam Part 2 after the information exchange.

  • How are Postal Inspectors trained?

    Postal Inspector Basic Training is your introduction to the Postal Inspection Service and it is where you will learn the traditions, tactics, and methods to become a Postal Inspector. All Postal Inspector candidates must graduate from a 14-week residential program which covers firearms, academics, defensive tactics, physical fitness, and practical exercises. After graduation, newly appointed Postal Inspectors report to their assigned duty locations.


    Candidates must complete rigorous courses in investigative techniques and USPS® policies. This training is completed by passing three exams during the course of study.

    Firearms Training

    Postal Inspectors must be prepared to protect themselves and others. This includes training to handle a handgun and a shotgun safely and proficiently. Postal Inspectors on duty are required to complete firearms qualifications several times each year.

    Physical Training and Defensive Tactics

    Physical fitness is a key part of basic training. Candidates must develop a physical fitness regimen and the ability to use a level of force appropriate to the threat.

    Practical Exercises

    Practical exercises give candidates the opportunity to perform the lessons learned during classroom activities and defensive tactics in a real-life simulation.

  • What are the benefits?

    We can only carry out our mission with the commitment of our Postal Inspectors. For that reason, the Postal Inspection Service offers competitive salaries and benefits through the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Visit for up-to-date benefit information.


    The Postal Inspection Service offers highly competitive salaries based on the Inspection Service Law Enforcement (ISLE) pay scale, which corresponds to the General Schedule (GS) pay scale for law enforcement officers. In addition to base pay, Postal Inspectors receive locality pay and law enforcement availability pay (LEAP).


    The Postal Inspection Service offers a generous leave program for Postal Inspectors, including annual leave, sick leave, and holiday leave.


    The Postal Inspection Service participates in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program including life insurance (FEGLI), dental and vision plans (FedVIP), flexible spending accounts (FSAFeds) and long-term care insurance (FLTCIP) programs, which provide excellent coverage and flexibility.


    All newly hired Postal Inspectors are covered under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).

  • Does the U.S. Postal Inspection Service have an internship program?

    The Postal Inspection Service has an unpaid internship program for college students in their junior and senior years as well as graduate students. The program offers students an opportunity to gain a meaningful law enforcement experience while earning college credits. Watch the video and view the FAQs to learn about the College Student Internship Program. Each field division has a College Student Internship Program coordinator. Please contact to get your point of contact.

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