Job Requirements

Learn the requirements to be employed with the Marin County Sheriff's Office

  • Birth Certificate (Certified copy from county recorder’s office) 
  • High School Transcripts (Mailed directly from institution to the applicant and must be delivered to background investigator in the original / sealed envelope), or 
  • GED (Certified copy) 
  • College Transcripts from each college attended (Mailed directly from institution to the applicant and must be delivered to the background investigator in the original /sealed envelope)
  • High School Diploma (Photo copy only) 
  • College Degree(s) (Photo copy only) 
  • DD214 (Photo copy of “long version”) Applicable to those with military service 
  • Proof of Selective Service Registration (if applicable) 
  • Military Certificates (Photo copy only) 
  • Marriage Certificates (Photo copy of county-issued marriage certificate for each marriage) 
  • Divorce Decree/Dissolution (Photo copy of each court-ordered dissolution) 
  • Bankruptcy Records & Judgments (Photo copy only)
  • Civil Suit(s) & Final Judgments (Photo copy only) 
  • Proof of Automobile Insurance (Photo copy only) 
  • Social Security Card (Photo copy only) 
  • California Driver’s License (Photo copy only) 
  • All arrest reports in which you were named as a suspect or were arrested (Photo copy only) 
  • All traffic collision reports in which you were a named driver or an involved party within the preceding 5 years (Photo copy only)
  • All POST Certificates (Photo copy only) 
  • All Specialty / Training Certificates (Photo copy only) 
  • All Internal Affairs Investigations (Photo copy only) 
  • Last 5 performance evaluations (Photo copy only)

Drug Use Guidelines

In order to maintain high standards for the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, the following guidelines shall be used to determine an applicant’s suitability for employment in the context of their pre-employment (prior) drug use. An applicant for any position with the Marin County Sheriff’s Office is subject to disqualification if:

  • The applicant has been convicted of a drug offense that is, or would be, a misdemeanor in the State of California. For the purpose of this guideline, drug diversion and/or probation shall constitute proof of the illegal act and similarly disqualify the applicant.
  • The applicant has been denied employment or terminated from a position as a result of a drug test or on-the-job illegal drug use.
  • The applicant’s alcoholic beverage consumption is shown to impair his/her ability to perform in a satisfactory manner.
  • The applicant has manufactured, cultivated, or sold a controlled substance as an adult or juvenile.
  • The applicant has illegally used or possessed a controlled substance while employed by a public safety agency in any capacity.
  • The applicant illegally used a hypodermic syringe/needle.
  • The applicant is not in compliance with the guidelines set fort in the below listed drug matrix.
  • The applicant willfully or deliberately falsifies or provides misleading information regarding his/her prior or current drug use will be automatically disqualified from consideration.
  • The applicant fails to satisfactorily complete an approved drug screening at the direction of the Marin County Sheriff’s Office prior to the hire date.

Marin County Sheriff’s Office Drug Use Matrix

  • Marijuana – disqualified if used within past 3 years
  • Hash or hash oil – disqualified if used within the past 3 years
  • Amphetamines – disqualified if used within the past 5 years
  • Cocaine powder – disqualified is used within the past 5 years
  • CNS / Barbiturates – disqualified if used within the past 5 years
  • Quaaludes – disqualified if used within the past 5 years
  • Amyl Nitrate – disqualified if used within the past 5 years
  • Synthetic / designer drugs – disqualified if used within the past 5 years
  • Steroids – disqualified if used within the past 5 years
  • Mushrooms—disqualified if used within the past 5 years
  • Crack cocaine – disqualified if ever used
  • Heroin – disqualified if ever used
  • Opiates –disqualified if ever used
  • LSD – disqualified if ever used
  • Methadone – disqualified if ever used
  • PCP – disqualified if ever used
  • Toluene or Inhalants – disqualified if ever used


Behavioral Standards

This agency has established pre-employment behavioral standards. Public trust requires that all applicants clearly demonstrate, through their past behavior, respect for high ethical standards that are demanded of criminal justice employees. The standards are designed to insure that this organization employs people who have demonstrated integrity, maturity, honesty, personal discipline, sound judgment, and respect for adherence to the laws of the State of California and the United States. The following summary of POST background investigation dimensions for Peace Officers and Public Safety Dispatchers will be closely examined:

Moral Character
  • Integrity
  • Impulse Control/Attention to Safety
  • Substance Abuse and Other Risk-Taking Behavior
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Confronting and Overcoming Problems, Obstacles, and Adversity
Work Habits
  • Conscientiousness
Interactions With Others
  • Interpersonal Skills
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