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How does the security clearance process work?

On Behalf of | Dec 6, 2022 | Professional License Defense |

Security clearance in the military can be an important job qualification. If you cannot secure clearance, you may be unable to advance and work in higher-paying jobs.

The security clearance process is rather straightforward, but it can take a while to complete. The higher the security clearance that you need, the longer the process will take because it requires a more in-depth investigation. The whole process involves gathering information about you in all aspects of your life.

First step

The security clearance process begins with you completing the investigation questionnaire. It is important to provide all requested information. However, even if you are thorough with your answers, you may still have to answer additional questions after you turn in the questionnaire. During this part of the process, it is essential to adhere to timelines and pay attention to requests.


The next step is the investigation. This will include looking into your background and involve checks of your criminal, employment and financial records. This part of the process can take up to 74 days depending on the type of clearance you need.

Final step

The last step occurs once the investigation is complete. The Department of Defense Central Adjudication Facility will review the information and make a determination about assigning your security clearance. You will have the option to appeal if you do not agree with the decision.

Receiving your security clearance can enable you to take on certain jobs. If you have a denial, you can seek more details about why your clearance did not go through, and you can object if you feel investigators did something wrong.