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Explore a world of career opportunities with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

U.S. Postal Inspectors are federal law enforcement agents with investigative jurisdiction in all criminal matters involving the integrity and security of the U.S. Postal Service.

Postal Inspectors investigate criminal, civil, and administrative violations of postal-related laws, often using forensics and cutting-edge technologies. It is essential that Postal Inspectors be in sound physical condition and be capable of performing rigorous physical activities on a sustained basis.

Postal Inspectors are required to:

  • Carry firearms
  • Make arrests
  • Provide testimony
  • Serve subpoenas
  • Execute search warrants
  • Prepare comprehensive reports
  • Pursue and restrain suspects
  • Protect themselves and others from imminent danger

Postal Inspectors work long and irregular hours, and must be willing to relocate. Competition is intense for the relatively few U.S. Postal Inspector positions. Candidates must successfully complete all phases of the recruitment process and begin their first duty assignment prior to their 37th birthday*.

You may be eligible to become a Postal Inspector if you…

  • Are an American citizen between the ages of 21 and 36½*, and interested in an exciting and rewarding career in federal law enforcement. (Male citizens born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service prior to applying to become a Postal Inspector.)
  • Possess a conferred, 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