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Correctional officers are respectful of persons in custody. They are leaders with good social and communication skills. They are alert and courageous.

Becoming a peace officer with CDCR means you are joining a family of dedicated, hardworking people responsible for ensuring public safety throughout California.

To apply, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • At least 20 years of age at the time of application and 21 years of age at the time of appointment to the Academy
  • High school diploma, GED or equivalent from a U.S. institution or a California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) certificate
  • U.S. Citizen or a permanent legal resident who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship at the time of application
  • No felony convictions and eligible to own/possess a firearm
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Apply to be a peace officer today!

Check your email for important information

You will receive communication and updates mainly via email. Once you apply for a peace officer position, you should frequently check the email address you provided. Be sure to check your inbox, spam, and junk folders to avoid missing scheduling notices for your selection components.

If at any time during the selection process your name, address, phone number, or email address changes, you must complete a change of information form as soon as possible and submit it to your assigned selection center.

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You can check your application status by using the unique URL sent to your provided email.