The Federal Bureau of Investigations does not have a policy restricting the employment of people with epilepsy or a medical history of seizures. Each applicant's fitness for duty is reviewed on an individual basis by medical staff as required by Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. FBI applicants must complete an application form, written examination, interview process, background check, polygraph test and medical exam. The medical exam is administered after the candidate successfully completes all other tests and has received a conditional offer of employment.

There is no established minimum period during which a person must be seizure-free in order to pass the medical exam. Generally though, applicants whose seizures are well-controlled, with or without medication, may successfully pass the medical exam. Once an applicant is accepted, the individual must undergo physical examinations every 18 months. If an agent has a seizure while on duty, he or she is placed on "medical mandate," restricting certain duties until the condition can be controlled and his or her return to full duty is approved by medical personnel.

For more information about the FBI hiring process call (202) 324-3000.

Authored Date: 
Monday, November 4, 2013