Examples of Non-Reciprocity Issues

Below are examples of when your security clearance may not be eligible for reciprocity and gaining agencies will most likely require additional security clearance processing.

  • Your existing clearance was granted on an interim or temporary basis.

  • Your existing clearance was based on exception to standards.

  • The date of your last investigation, upon which your existing clearance is based, is older than seven years for Top Secret, 10 years for Secret, and 15 years for Confidential.

  • The position for which you are being considered requires a polygraph or a different type polygraph than you have taken in the past.

  • The position for which you are being considered has Special Access Program (SAP) requirements.

  • You are currently cleared at the Confidential or Secret level, and the position for which you are being considered requires a Top Secret clearance.

Below are examples where your concern is most likely a suitability or human resources (HR) process and is not a security clearance reciprocity issue.

  • The new employer requires you to fill out a pre-screening questionnaire for hiring purposes, which focuses on your personal character and conduct prior to be being hired.

  • The new employer requires a pre-hire medical examination.

  • The new employer requires you to fill out a Declaration for Federal Employment.