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  • How long do former presidents get Secret Service protection?

  • Obama restores lifetime Secret Service for former presidents. Under a new law signed today by President Obama, all former U.S. presidents and first ladies will receive lifetime Secret Service protection. The measure also authorizes protection for the children of former presidents until they are 16 years old.

  • Does the Secret Service have 24/7 protection?

  • The U.S. Secret Service provides 24/7 protection for U.S. presidents and vice-presidents as well as their spouses and children, including adult children. The agency also provides protection to visiting heads of state or government, former presidents and their families and other distinguished foreign visitors.

  • Can the president or vice president decline Secret Service protection?

  • While in office, neither the president nor the vice president can decline Secret Service protection, but their spouses and adult children can. Almost all presidential families have accepted full Secret Service protection for as long as the law allows.

  • What is the United States Secret Service?

  • The United States Secret Service, one of the nation’s oldest federal investigative law enforcement agencies, was founded in 1865 as a branch of the U.S. Treasury Department. It was originally created to combat the counterfeiting of U.S. currency – a serious problem at the time.