Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about Agent and Agent Trainee opportunities at the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Do I have to start my career with ABC as an Agent Trainee, or can I apply for the Agent position if I meet the minimum qualifications?

Question Response

You do not have to start your employment with ABC as an Agent Trainee, as both the Agent and Agent Trainee positions are entry-level positions. The minimum required qualifications for the two classifications differ, so please review the position details carefully.

Do I have to attend a police academy?

Question Response

If you do not already possess a valid POST Basic Certificate or equivalent, you must attend a POST Basic Academy. Recruits are generally sent to an academy within the jurisdiction of the district office that they are assigned to. If there are multiple basic academies within that jurisdiction, the agent will attend the academy that begins closest to his/her anticipated hire date.

What is the hiring process for laterals?

Question Response

The application and hiring process is the same for laterals as any other applicant. Laterals, however, will not have to attend another police academy when hired.

I have over two years of law enforcement experience outside of California. Do I meet the minimum qualifications of two years of experience as a peace officer for the Agent exam?

Question Response

To qualify for the agent exam under the law enforcement experience qualification, you must have at least two years of sworn peace officer experience with a California law enforcement agency. Please review the other minimum qualifications as you may be eligible under the education requirements.

How are field assignments determined?

Question Response

Once you have passed the written exam, you can apply for any job vacancy in any of our field offices. You can view our current vacancy locations on the CalCareers website.

How long does the hiring process take?

Question Response

Expect the entire hiring process, from the date of your written test to appointment, to last approximately 8-12 months. This is the general timeline and individual cases may vary considerably.

What if I have used marijuana, other illegal drugs, and/or gotten a DUI?

Question Response

Experimental use of marijuana or other drugs may not be a disqualifying factor. The frequency, dates, and specific circumstances will be evaluated to determine your level of qualification. This also pertains to DUI convictions.

What information will I need to gather for my background investigation?

Question Response

  • Residential history for the last 10 years (or since the age of 15), including addresses, landlords, and roommates.
  • Entire employment history including addresses, phone numbers, supervisors, and co-workers
  • All legal history and associated reports
  • All traffic citations received in the past 7 years and associated reports (including copies of citations and accident reports, if possible)
  • Vehicle insurance policies
  • Vehicle registration cards
  • Birth certificate, certified copy issued by the State
  • Marriage and dissolution of marriage certificates
  • Knowledge of your credit history – Free at Annual credit report
  • Social Security Card
  • High school transcript(s) (Certified)
  • College transcript(s) (Certified)
  • Military records and DD214 – Veterans’ Service Records

What are some factors that may lengthen my background investigation?

Question Response

  • Having lived and worked in another part of the state, out of state, and/or many past residences and employers
  • Inability to access necessary records
  • Numerous applications with other law enforcement agencies
  • Extensive driving/criminal history
  • Failure to provide your background investigator with addresses or telephone numbers for critical contacts
  • Medical and/or psychological evaluations

When is the next exam?

Question Response

Applications are being accepted on a continuous basis. Applications received will be scheduled for the next available examination. A list of testing dates and locations can be found on the Exam Bulletin.

Contact

If you have any questions, please call (916) 419-2582 or email us at recruiter@abc.ca.gov.