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What are the Citizenship Requirements for Peace Officers?

Do I have to be a United States citizen to be a California law enforcement officer?

In accordance with Government Code Section 1031, effective January 1, 2023, peace officers must be legally authorized to work in the United States under federal law. There are no specific citizenship requirements.

Documentation Requirements

California Government Code Section 1031(h) limits employment authorization documents to those consistent with Section 274a.2 of Title 8 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Specific documentation requirements can be found on the I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification form issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Government Code section 1031(g) permits departments to adopt additional and/or higher standards. 

Questions about peace officer employment eligibility requirements may be directed to the hiring agency or your Regional Consultant.