FBI Security Clearance Process Brochure
It is the policy of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) to share with Law Enforcement
personnel pertinent information regarding terrorism.
In the past, the primary mechanism for such information
sharing was the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).
In response to the terrorist attack on America on
September 11, 2001, the FBI established the State and
Local Law Enforcement Executives and Elected Officials
Security Clearance Initiative. This program was initiated
to brief officials with an established “need-to-know”
on classified information that would or could affect
their area of jurisdiction.
Most information needed by state or local law
enforcement can be shared at an unclassified level.
In those instances where it is necessary to share classified
information, it can usually be accomplished at the Secret
level. This brochure describes when security clearances
are necessary and the notable differences between
clearance levels. It also describes the process involved
in applying and being considered for a clearance.
State and local officials who require access to
classified material must apply for a security clearance
through their local FBI Field Office. The candidate
should obtain from their local FBI Field Office a
Standard Form 86 (SF 86), Questionnaire for National
Security Positions; and two FD-258 (FBI applicant
fingerprint cards). One of two levels of security
clearance, Secret or Top Secret, may be appropriate.
The background investigation and records checks
for Secret and Top Secret security clearance are mandated
by Presidential Executive Order (EO). The EO requires
these procedures in order for a security clearance to be
granted; the FBI does not have the ability to waive them.
Note: Please use the contact information listed on the brochure and on the FBI URL: http://www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm