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Our in-depth hiring process may take up to 12 months or longer, and includes the following phases:

  • Qualifications Review
  • Written Assessment/Panel Interview
  • Urinalysis Drug Test
  • Medical Examination
  • Physical Task Test
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Background Investigation
  • Final Hiring Decision

All applicants must successfully complete all phases of the hiring process, and remain Most Competitive, to receive a final offer of employment.

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Once you've made the decision to apply for a position as a DEA Special Agent, contact your nearest Special Agent Recruitment Coordinator for more information.

To help prepare yourself for our rigorous Physical Task test, you may download a copy of our PTT training booklet (1.9 MB PDF*) here.

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