Post Office Job Requirements


Before you apply for a USPS position, you need to make sure you are eligible and meet all of the post office job requirements.  Each US Postal Service job will have job qualification standards listed within the specific job posting. Post office job requirements include: age, citizenship, physicals, driver’s license, and exam scores.  Postal job applicants must meet minimum age requirements and pass a postal exam for the majority of positions.

USPS jobs also have citizenship requirements, require passing a drug test and background check, and registration with Selective Service.  Post office positions that involve driving will also require a valid driver’s license and safe driving record.  When you apply for a job, the postal service will schedule and coordinate all the required testing as applicable.

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The vast majority of post office positions require an applicant to pass a postal exam.  Postal Exam 473 is the exam that is required for the most job openings (including mail processing clerk, city/rural carriers, and sales/service/distribution associates).

Tip: You can find free postal exam practice tests at Test-Guide.com.

Age Requirements for Post Office Jobs

In general, all post office job applicants must be at least 18 (at time of appointment).  There are no maximum age limits for USPS positions.  There are a few exceptions that may apply:

  • The minimum age may be lowered to 16 for high school graduates.  Also, applicants who have terminated their formal education for appropriate reasons (as certified by local school authorities) may be allowed to apply.
  • Postal Inspector positions have different age requirements.  An applicant for a postal inspector job must be at least 21 years old, but no older than 36.
  • The vast majority of post office positions require an applicant to pass a postal exam.  Postal Exam 473 is the exam that is required for the most job openings (including mail processing clerk, city/rural carriers, and sales/service/distribution associates).

    Tip: You can find free postal exam practice tests at Test-Guide.com.

    Age Requirements for Post Office Jobs

    In general, all post office job applicants must be at least 18 (at time of appointment).  There are no maximum age limits for USPS positions.  There are a few exceptions that may apply:

    • The minimum age may be lowered to 16 for high school graduates.  Also, applicants who have terminated their formal education for appropriate reasons (as certified by local school authorities) may be allowed to apply.
    • Postal Inspector positions have different age requirements.  An applicant for a postal inspector job must be at least 21 years old, but no older than 36.
    • Citizenship

      Employees must be a United States citizen, a lawful permanent resident alien (i.e., possession of a “green card”), or a citizen of American Samoa or any other territory owing permanent allegiance to the United States.

      You are not eligible for postal employment if you are only granted refugee status, asylum status or conditional permanent resident status.  The US Postal Service is requred (by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986) to verify and document the eligibility of all new employees.  This act also makes it illegal to hire unauthorized aliens.

      If you have been granted lawful permanent resident alien status, you are eligible for all postal positions below level EAS-19.  Area Vice Presidents can make exceptions to allow appointments of noncitizens to position higher than EAS-19.


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