Veteran's Preference

Placer County awards veteran's preference points during the recruitment process. They are awarded to eligible veterans, un-remarried widows/widowers of veterans, disabled veterans, and spouses of disabled veterans.

Preference Points

  • Preference points are only added to an applicant’s passing examination score. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications for a classification or pass the examination to be considered for veteran’s preference points.
  • All required veteran’s preference documentation must be received by the final filing deadline.
  • Preference points only apply to initial entrance into County service.
  • Veteran’s preference points are awarded after the examination process is over. Applicants will receive an email notifying them whether or not points were awarded.
  • Career Armed Forces veterans who have retired after 20 or more years of active service are not eligible.

5 Veteran's Preference Points

To be considered for 5 veteran’s preference points:

  • You must provide a copy of your Long Form DD-214 (the Short Form does not qualify).
  • You must have been separated under other than dishonorable conditions from active duty. 

    Discharged from reserves or from active duty training does not qualify. Discharged from a VA Hospital as being fit for employment, or having completed rehabilitative vocational training does qualify.

  • Your separation date must have been within 5 years of your application date. Your separation date can be within 8 years of your application date if you have been attending full-time college. You will need to provide proof of full-time status (e.g. transcripts, class schedule).
  • If you are the un-remarried widow or widower of a veteran, you are eligible for veteran’s preference points. You will need provide proof of marriage (e.g. marriage certificate) and that the above criteria has been met.

10 Disabled Veteran's Preference Points

To be considered for 10 disabled veteran’s preference points:

  • You must provide a copy of your Long Form DD-214 (the Short Form does not qualify).
  • You must have been separated under other than dishonorable conditions from active duty. 

    Discharged from reserves or from active duty training does not qualify. Discharged from a VA Hospital as being fit for employment, or having completed rehabilitative vocational training does qualify.

  • You must also provide a copy of your official VA letter stating that you have a current, service-connected, compensable disability.
  • Your date of separation is not considered as a factor when determining eligibility for disabled veteran’s preference points.
  • If you are the spouse of a disabled veteran, you will be eligible for disabled veteran’s preference points. You will need to provide proof of marriage (e.g. marriage certificate) and that the above criteria has been met.

If you have questions regarding the veteran’s preference process, please contact the Human Resources Department. You can contact the department by phone at 530-886-4607 or email.