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Border Patrol Agent Medical Exam

Pre-Placement Medical Examination


General Medical Requirements:

Individuals in this position must be medically and physically capable of performing the essential job functions and duties of the position safely and efficiently without aggravating existing health problems or endangering the health and safety of the individual, others, or national security.

After tentative selection, candidates must undergo a pre-employment medical examination and be found medically qualified to perform the position's full range of duties safely and efficiently. Any disease or condition that may potentially interfere with the safe and efficient performance of the job's duties or training may result in medical disqualification. No condition is automatically disqualifying; each determination is made on a case-by-case basis. The medical determination may involve recommendations for additional information and/or testing. If medical information is recommended beyond that provided by the initial medical examination, it is provided at the expense of the candidate.

Specific Medical Requirements:


  • Distant vision acuity - must be equal to or better than 20/100 in each eye without correction, i.e., without eye glasses or contact lenses
  • Corrected distance vision must be 20/20
  • Monocular vision is generally disqualifying
  • Depth perception must be equal to or better than 70 seconds of arc
  • Peripheral vision must be normal
  • Color vision - must demonstrate normal color vision, without the use of an x-chromatic lens or any other artificial device
  • Refractive surgery/LASIK – minimum of 90 day recovery period following procedure, free from significant untoward side effects of surgery, e.g., glare, contrast sensitivity


  • In the frequency range of 500-2000 Hz, the deficit should not exceed 30 decibels in either ear
  • At 3000 Hz, the deficit should not exceed 40 decibels in either ear
  • Standards must be met without the use of a hearing aid
Last modified: 
June 8, 2018