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In addition to the basic requirements listed below, all DEA Special Agent candidates must successfully pass and complete a three-part written assessment, an oral interview, urinalysis drug screening, medical examination, physical task assessment, polygraph examination, psychological assessment, comprehensive background investigation and final hiring decision.


  • Must be 21 years old, and no older than 36 years old at the time of appointment
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Have a valid U.S. driver's license
  • Willing to relocate anywhere in the U.S.
  • Able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance
  • Excellent physical condition
  • Willing and able to carry and handle firearms

Hearing and Vision: Applicants must possess sharp visual and hearing acuity. Vision must be 20/20 or better in one eye and 20/40 or better in the weaker eye. If you need glasses or contact lenses to meet these standards, then you should also have distance vision of 20/200 or better in each eye without glasses or contact lenses, near vision of 20/30 or better (can be with corrective lenses), and normal color vision. Hearing aids are disqualifying.


  • A bachelor's degree (GPA of 2.95 or higher), a master's or a J.D. or LL.B.;
  • OR Experience as a sworn Law Enforcement Officer, Deputized Task Force Officer, Detective, Federal Agent, Federal Investigator or similar position assisting Senior Investigators in investigations of violations of the law that includes developing and eliciting information from confidential sources (CS’s), participating in surveillance, undercover operations, and raids and/or seizures, and taking part in apprehending, arresting persons suspected of criminal violations of the law, and assisting in the organization of evidence for presentation to prosecution officials.
  • OR three+ years of substantive work experience and special skills; e.g., pilot/maritime, accounting/auditing, military/technical, mechanical including information systems, telecommunications, engineering, and/or a foreign language fluency (fluency subject to verification); and a bachelor's degree or higher (no minimum GPA required) with coursework related to the aforementioned special skills;
  • AND, possess the following competencies:
    • Written and Oral Communication
    • Attention to Detail/Memory
    • Decision-making/judgment
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Integrity/Honesty
    • Flexibility
    • Problem-solving
    • Self-management
    • Teamwork

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