Laredo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agency responsible for securing U.S. ports of entry and international borders, is accepting applications nationwide for CBP officer positions at some air, land, and sea ports on the Southwest border and other select locations. The announcement will be open through July 19 or until 12,000 applications are received.

As a key component of the Department of Homeland Security’s frontline defense, a CBP officer’s primary responsibility is to detect and prevent terrorists, their weapons, and other threats from entering the United States while facilitating legitimate trade and travel. This requires enforcing more than 400 laws related to trade, contraband, agricultural pests and diseases, and admissibility of individuals.

An applicant for the CBP officer position must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of the United States for the past three years; must be referred for selection prior to their 37th birthday (or a preference-eligible veteran, or have prior civilian federal law enforcement experience); and have a valid state driver’s license. In addition, applicants must pass an entrance examination, medical examination, physical fitness assessments, video-based test and/or structured interview, drug test, background investigation, and polygraph examination.

CBP offers a unique opportunity for veterans to continue serving their country in an environment that appreciates the hard-earned knowledge, skills, and abilities veterans gain through serving on the front lines. Nearly 30 percent of CBP employees are military veterans.

Candidates selected from this announcement will work in the following locations: Douglas, Arizona; Lukeville, Arizona; Nogales, Arizona; San Luis, Arizona; Calexico, California; San Ysidro, California; Calais, Maine; Raymond, Montana; El Paso, Texas; Laredo, Texas; and Presidio, Texas.

For selected candidates, CBP offers paid training to fully prepare them for an exciting career in federal law enforcement, the opportunity to serve our country, and a competitive salary and benefits package. CBP is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women and minorities to apply.

For more information on the CBP officer position, visit the Careers section and watch a video on how CBP officers protect America 24/7.

To apply for the CBP officer position, applicants must have an active USA Jobs account and complete an online application at