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Determine your Selective Service Registration Requirement

How to Begin Your Career at TSA

Welcome to the TSA’s tool designed to help you find out if you meet the Selective Service registration requirement for TSA employment.

In 1980, mandatory Selective Service registration was reinstituted for men 18 to 25 years old. A man’s obligation to register is imposed by the Military Selective Service Act (50 U.S.C. App. 451 et seq.). TSA applies the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3328, which restricts men born in 1960 or later, who knowingly or willfully failed to register as required under section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act, from appointment to positions in executive agencies. This employment restriction does not apply to men born on or before December 31, 1959, or to women.

You can find more information on Selective Service registration by visiting the Selective Service System Website at: www.sss.gov (or by calling them at (847) 688-6888).

The TSA policy on Selective Service registration requirements is TSA MD 1100.30-18, Selective Service Registration Requirements.

Directions For Using This Tool

Begin with question number one and choose the appropriate answer. You do not need to answer every question, so be sure to follow the directions under the answer appropriate to your situation.

Question 1 – Are you a male, born on or before December 31, 1959 or a female?

YES: The Selective Service registration requirement for employment does not apply to men born on or before December 31, 1959 or women. Therefore, if you were born on or before December 31, 1959, or a woman this requirement does not apply to you. You are finished and do not need to go any further.

NO: Go to Question 2

Question 2 – Are you currently registered with the Selective Service System?

If you are unsure, you can check your registration status online by visiting the Selective Service System Website at: www.sss.gov and then click on "Check a Registration."

YES: You appear to be registered with the Selective Service System and, therefore, meet the Selective Service registration requirement for employment with TSA.

You will be asked to provide documentation supporting your registration. Although submission of supporting documentation is voluntary, failure to do so may prohibit you from being employed with TSA.

NO: Go to Question 3

Question 3 – Are you currently between the ages of 18 and 25?

YES: Men may register for the Selective Service up to the age of 26 years old. If you are not yet 26, you can register for the Selective Service immediately by visiting the Selective Service System Website at: www.sss.gov and then click on “Register Online.” Once you have registered, you will meet the requirement for Selective Service registration for employment with TSA.

You will be asked to provide documentation supporting your registration. Although submission of supporting documentation is voluntary, failure to do so may prohibit you from being employed with TSA.

NO: Go to Question 4

Question 4 – Are you currently, or were you ever, a member of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty (not active duty for training)?

YES: Based on your service with the active duty military, you appear to meet the requirements for Selective Service registration for employment with TSA. Congress and the Selective Service System consider military service as compliance with Sec. 12(g) of the Military Selective Service Act.

You will be asked to provide documentation supporting your active duty military service (i.e., a DD 214). Although submission of supporting documentation is voluntary, failure to do so may prohibit you from being employed with TSA.

NO: Go to Question 5

Question 5 – For the entire period when you were between 18 and 26 years of age, were you:

  • >A member of the U.S. armed forces on full-time active duty, or a cadet or midshipman at a service academy or the U.S. Coast Guard Academy?
  • A student in Officer Procurement Programs at The Citadel, North Georgia College and State University, Norwich University, Virginia Military Institute, Texas A&M University, or the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University?
  • Continually incarcerated, or confined to a residence, hospital, or institution for medical reasons?
  • A special agricultural worker (I-688A)?
  • A lawful non-immigrant on a visa (e.g., diplomatic and consular personnel and families, foreign student, tourist with unexpired Form 1-94, or Border Crossing Document DSP-150)?
  • An immigrant (non-U.S. citizen) who entered the U.S. after age 26?

YES: If any of these apply, you are claiming that you were exempt from the Selective Service registration requirement.

If you meet one of the exemptions listed above, you may contact the HRAccess Help Desk at telephone 1-877-872-7990 or TTY number 1-877-872-7992, for instructions on how to document a Selective Service exemption during the recruitment process. You will be asked to provide documentation to support this claim. Although submission of supporting documentation is voluntary, failure to do so may prohibit you from being employed with TSA.

NO: If none of these apply go to Question 6

Question 6 - Do you currently have a determination letter stating that you were required to register but your failure to register was neither knowing nor willful?

Specifically, do you currently have a determination letter, issued by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), U.S. Postal Service (USPS), or another Federal agency with delegated authority from OPM, stating that you were required to register but they determined that your failure to register was neither knowing nor willful?

YES: TSA will accept an official letter issued by OPM, USPS, or another Federal agency with delegated authority from OPM, acknowledging that your failure to register with the Selective Service was neither knowing nor willful, thereby making you eligible for Federal employment.

You will be asked to provide a copy of this letter to support your claim. Although submission of supporting documentation is voluntary, failure to do so may prohibit you from being employed with TSA.

NO: It appears that you cannot be considered for TSA employment. You may request a Selective Service Registration Waiver for Employment where you will be required to provide the reason(s) why you failed to register as required by law. You are not eligible for employment with TSA unless you receive a favorable determination that your failure to register with the Selective Service as required was neither knowing nor willful. If you are applying for a position at TSA your application can receive no further consideration without a favorable determination.

You may contact the HRAccess Help Desk at telephone 1-877-872-7990 or TTY number 1-877-872-7992, for instructions on how to request a Selective Service Registration Waiver for employment with TSA.

Latest revision: 09 January 2013