Released 6/29/00. Application for Federal Employment - SF 171 Form Approved OMB No. 3206-0012 Read the instructions before you complete this application. Type or print clearly in dark ink. GENERAL
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Who needs an SF 171 form?

This form is completed by individuals who want to apply for a Federal job.  The SF 171 form assists applicants applying for work. While applying for a new position, you should complete and submit your application.  The employer will consider your candidacy based on this form.

What is the purpose of the SF 171 form?

The application for Federal employment provides information about the employee, his skills, previous working experience, and education. The form asks for a lot of information because the requirements for Federal employees are usually very high. The data in the application is used by the HR department to consider the applicant’s eligibility for work.

What documents must accompany the SF 171 form?

This form should be accompanied by required supporting documents including copies of diplomas, certificates, a resume, etc. Each position has unique requirements, deadlines, and hiring processes. Therefore, some vacancies may not require any additional materials or documentation while others may demand references, salary history, a driver’s license, or other documents.

When is the Application for Federal employment due?

The SF 171 form should be filled out when the applicant finds the appropriate vacancy.

What information should be provided in the SF 171 form?

The applicant should indicate the following information:

  • Vacancy for which the applicant applies
  • SSN, sex, place and date of birth
  • Name, mailing address
  • Information about the job availability
  • Military service and veteran preferences
  • Work experience
  • Education
  • Special skills, accomplishments and awards
  • References
  • Background information (the applicant must answer each question for the application to be processed)

The form should be signed and dated by the applicant.

Where do I send the Application for Federal employment?

Once completed and signed, this form should be directed to the office of your intended employment.