Can the post office hire someone with a felony?
Yes. USPS Handbook EL-312, Section 514 requires background checks
and review of criminal history. Felonies do not automatically bar
applicants from being hired. The agency must only consider the
crime that they were actually convicted of, not originally charged
It is Postal Service policy to evaluate the employability of
each applicant with a criminal conviction record individually. The
fact that an applicant has a criminal conviction record is not
sufficient to disqualify that applicant from postal employment.
Instead, an applicant should be rejected on the basis of a history
of criminal conviction only after a specific finding that the
history is directly related to the applicant's present capacity to
perform as a Postal Service employee. To the extent available, such
factors as the following must be considered during such an
- Applicant's age at the time of each offense.
- Nature and underlying circumstances of the offense.
- Length of time elapsed since the applicant's offense.
- Evidence of efforts toward rehabilitation, including job
training or educational programs the applicant may have
participated in during incarceration.
- Information supplied by penal authorities, parole and probation
officers, social workers, or social agencies regarding the
applicant's progress toward rehabilitation or employability.
- Applicant's employment record, including participation in a job
- Dispensations that may have been granted by the authorities to
evidence the applicant's rehabilitation such as certificates of
relief from disabilities, certificates of good conduct, and
certificates restoring civil rights.
- Nature and location of the position sought by the