Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to apply?

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 per Senate Bill 2. 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.

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1. I’m in college right now. What degree should I get to prepare me for a career in law enforcement??
2. I’m not ready to apply yet. Are there certain jobs I should work at to prepare me to be a police officer?
3. I’m interested in becoming a police officer. Where do I start?
4. Can I go on a ride along to meet your officers?
5. What are the minimum requirements to apply for police officer trainee?
6. What examinations do I have to take before applying?
7. Do you require the PELLETB and WSTB examinations to apply?
8. Where do I sign up for the PELLETB and WSTB examinations?
9. What are your minimum scores for the PELLETB and WSTB examinations?
10. How should I prepare for the PELLETB?
11. How should I prepare for the WSTB?
12. Do you accept scores from the National Testing Network (NTN)?
13. Is there a minimum or maximum age to apply?
14. What are the education requirements?
15. Do I have to live in San Mateo to apply?
16. Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to apply?
17. Where do I apply?
18. Is there a minimum time commitment once I’m hired?
19. How many police officer vacancies are there?
20. Do veterans get preferential hiring?
21. Can active, reserve, or military veterans apply?