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Veteran's Preference

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

  • Preference points are only added to an applicant’s passing examination score. Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications for a classification or who do not pass the examination will not 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.
  • After the examination process is over, applicants will receive an email notification with information regarding whether or not veteran’s preference points were awarded.
  • Those who have elected a career in the Armed Forces and have retired after 20 or more years of active service are not eligible for 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 honorably separated 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 have completed rehabilitative vocational training.
  • Your separation date must have been within 5 years of application date OR within 8 years of application date if you can provide proof (e.g. transcripts, class schedule) that you have been attending college on a full-time basis.
  • If you are the un-remarried widow or widower of a veteran and can provide proof of marriage (e.g. marriage certificate), you will be eligible for veteran’s preference points if the above criteria has been met.

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 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 and can provide proof of marriage (e.g. marriage certificate), you will be eligible for disabled veteran’s preference points if the above criteria has been met.

If you have questions regarding the veteran’s preference process, please contact the Human Resources Department at (530) 886-4607 or jobs@placer.ca.gov.

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