Veterans’ Preference

Veterans’ Preference can be applied to a veteran’s eligibility for qualifying open and open, non-promotional examinations. To determine if the exam being administered qualifies for Veterans’ Preference, please review the examination bulletin. Veterans’ Preference will be awarded as follows, starting on January 1, 2014:

Any veteran, widow or widower of a veteran, or spouse of a 100 percent disabled veteran, who achieves a passing score in an entrance examination, shall be ranked in the top rank of the resulting eligibility list. Any veteran who has been dishonorably discharged or released is not eligible for Veterans’ Preference.
An entrance examination is defined, under the law, as any open competitive examination.
Veterans’ Preference is not granted once a person achieves permanent civil service status.

How do I apply for Veterans’ Preference?

To apply for Veterans’ Preference, the following must be submitted:

Legible copy of DD214
Veteran’s Preference Application Form (SPB 1093)
NOTE: If you are applying for Veterans’ Preference as a spouse, widow or widower of a Veteran, additional documentation is required. Please review the specific requirements on the Instructions section of the Veteran’s Preference Application Form (SPB 1093).

Submit copies of the completed SPB 1093 Form and supporting documents to:

California Department of Human Resources
ATTN: Examination Unit
1515 S Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

Once CalHR has approved your application for Veterans’ Preference, your information will remain on file for all future qualifying examinations.

For more information please visit: Cal Vet State Employment Page