There are a few requirements to join the LA County Sheriff’s Department. To make your application process easier, review these conditions first. Do you have questions about specific requirements? Contact a recruiter through the button at the bottom of this page, who can help provide more insight on particular cases. 

To apply for a Deputy Sheriff Trainee position, the following is required:

  • Be at least 19.5 years old to apply / no age maximum
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States under federal law
  • Graduation from an accredited U.S. high school or equivalent (GED, TASC, HiSet, or CHSPE).
  • Valid Class C driver’s license (Out-of-state applicants can use a valid license from their home state while filing, but will need a valid California Class C license at the time of hire)
  • Be in good physical condition and free from any medical conditions that would interfere with the responsibilities of a Deputy Sheriff
  • Have at least 20/70 vision in each eye, correctable to 20/30 with only minor hue impairment
  • No major hearing impairment (no more than 25 db loss in the better ear and 35 db loss in weaker ear)
  • No felony convictions or currently on probation; misdemeanors may be disqualifying, depending on the number, type of violation, and date of the violation
  • IV – Arduous Physical Class (Must be able to lift 25 lbs while bending, twisting or working on irregular surfaces and may require extraordinary physical exertion)


Additionally, a successful candidate will have these attributes to become a Deputy Sheriff:

  • Possess and demonstrate integrity
  • Demonstrated ability to use good judgment and problem solving
  • Capacity for empathy and compassion
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to demonstrate courage and to take responsibility
  • Ability to be resourceful and show initiative
  • Demonstrating assertiveness
  • Ability to work in a team environment

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