For those interested in handling the trucks, the same training is required as with long-haul truckers and movers. To be a carrier, you must be at least eighteen years old and a U.S. citizen or be a permanent resident-alien. You must pass a written test to prove you can read addresses, sort mail, and learn routes and related areas. Applicants are also required to pass a physical exam and drug test. You need to demonstrate the ability to lift, without strain, mail sacks weighing a maximum of seventy pounds. Candidates will additionally need to possess a driver's license and a clean driving record, and they may be asked to take a road test.
The written tests are given on a regular basis, and you should check with your local post offices to find when they will next be given in your area. Should you pass the test, you will be listed in order of grade. When an opening occurs, the local postmaster will contact people on the list from the top scorers on down. Your scores remain good for two years, at which time you will be required to retake the test.
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