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Conduct surveillance;
Infiltrate drug trafficking organizations;
Conduct investigations;
Arrest violators;
Confiscate illegal drugs;
Conduct money laundering investigations;
Collect and prepare evidence; and
Testify in criminal court cases.
The Basics:

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, between 21 and 36 years of age at the time of appointment, must possess a valid driver's license, and be able to obtain a Top Secret security clearance.


Excellent physical condition, sharp hearing acuity, and uncorrected vision of at least 20/200 (Snellen) and corrected vision of 20/20 in one eye and 20/40 in the other (Radial Keratotomy is disqualifying). Normalcolor vision, heavy lifting, and carrying of 45 pounds or more. (Hearing aids are disqualifying.)


Successful candidates possess a college degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.95 or better. Additional consideration will be given to those individuals who have degrees in special skill areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science or Related Disciplines, Finance, Accounting, Economics, Foreign Language (with fluency verified) in Spanish, Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, Nigerian, Chinese or Japanese, Computer Science/Information Systems, and Telecommunications/Electrical/Mechanical Engineering.


Substantive professional/administrative or certain law enforcement experience may be qualifying. Other special skills or experience (e.g., military officer, foreign language fluency, pilot/maritime experience, technical/mechanical skills, or accounting/auditing experience) may also be qualifying. Recruiters can provide more details.


Successful completion of the Special Agent interview process requires a full disclosure of past drug use and urinalysis drug screening. Also, applicants must successfully complete a written and oral assessment, medical examination, physical task test, polygraph examination, a psychological assessment, exhaustive background investigation, and a final hiring decision.

For more information, contact the DEA recruiter at the nearest DEA Field Office or Special Agent Recruitment at DEA Headquarters.

Special Agent Recruitment
Drug Enforcement Administration
700 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202
Telephone 1-800-DEA-4288
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