Rules (and Benefits) For Former Presidents After Leaving Office

Secret Service For Life

The commander-in-chief has an entourage wherever he goes. On the road, you typically see the president surrounded by a caravan of armored cars filled with Secret Service agents. That security detail doesn’t end once the term is over, if the president chooses. The Former Presidents Act of 1958 granted lifelong access to Secret Service protection for the president, their spouse, and their children. Some presidents are free to decline the service. Richard Nixon dismissed his protection 11 years after leaving office.

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