Application Process

The Application Process


The Special Agent Selection System (SASS) is designed to identify the best candidates to become FBI Special Agents. The process typically takes one year or longer to complete.


Test Preparation

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Required Documentation for Your Application

Please review all of the items below. Your application will be processed once you have provided all of the required documentation.

For all Special Agent applicants:

For applicants with current or prior federal work experience:

  • SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action form.

For current or former members of the armed forces (one of the following):

  • DD-214, Member 4 copy or Service 2 copy.
  • Statement of Service.

For veterans:

  • DD-214, Member 4 copy or Service 2 copy.

For disabled veterans:

  • DD-214, Member 4 copy or Service 2 copy.
  • VA letter, dated within one year.
  • SF-15 Veterans’ Preference form (optional).

Please Note: When scanning and uploading your document(s), make sure that all pages are readable and facing upright in the same direction. Please upload all required documents in PDF format and avoid picture files such as JPEG, TIFF, PNG and BMP.