Once you have been offered a position and into onboarding, the Staffing team will notify you of the security clearance items (fingerprinting, background check, drug testing, etc.) you need. Security clearance typically takes 15 business days, so we strongly encourage you to complete this process early to expedite the hiring process.
You will be sent information on drug testing once selected for hire, so it is not necessary to seek drug testing ahead of time. Drug testing must be completed within 15 calendar days from that day you were selected for hire. Failure to complete drug testing within the 15 calendar-day window will result in automatic cancellation of your hire request and you will be ineligible for hire for three years.
Candidates must complete and pass a DCPS security clearance before receiving a formal offer of employment. You can refer to our Fingerprinting and Drug Testing Guide for additional information.