Sandia National Laboratories

Badge Office
Export/Import Control
Facility Clearance
- FSO Responsibilities
- Flowdown of Requirements
Foreign Nationals
International Travel
KAFB Access
Operations Security (OPSEC)
Official Use Only
Prohibited/Controlled Items
Random Drug Testing
Reporting Requirements
SNL Security Contacts


Reciprocal Clearances –A DOE clearance request based off of another Federal Agency security clearance.  Individuals applying for a DOE clearance may be processed for reciprocity if they have an active security clearance with another Federal Agency (DOD, NRC, FBI, CIA, etc).

Reciprocity/Downgrade – A DOE clearance request based off of another Federal Agency security clearance while also requesting the clearance be downgraded to a DOE L type clearance.

Reciprocity/Upgrade - A DOE clearance request based off of another Federal Agency security clearance while also requesting the clearance be upgraded to a DOE Q type clearance.

Prior to completing paperwork, please ensure that the SNL Manager or delegate has created an active relationship for the individual requiring a security clearance in Enterprise Person.

DoD & DOE Security Clearance Equivalencies:

  • DoD Secret Security Clearance is equivalent to a DOE L type clearance.
  • DoD Top Secret Security Clearance or Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) is equivalent to a DOE Q type clearance.
Required Forms Authorization Submittal

PERSEC 5633.33 - NNSA Personnel Security Clearance Action Request

On this form select "RECIPROCITY", "RECIPROCITY/DOWNGRADE", or "RECIPROCITY/UPGRADE" as the available clearance action.

A member of SNL management is required to complete the

  • Clearance Justification Narrative to justify the DOE clearance at the level and category requested
  • Supervisor Certification fields
  • Sandia Personnel Security requires a minimum of 5 working days to process a request.
  • Both forms must be submitted at the time the badge request is entered via the online Contractor Badge Request application (see below).

Sandia / New Mexico Personnel Security Clearance Office
Fax: (505) 844-9739 or

Sandia/California Visitor Control Office
Fax: (925) 294-1330 or

Clearance paperwork becomes Official Use Only (OUO) information when completed. OUO information must be encrypted with Entrust when transmitted over a network (including e-mail). Fax completed clearance paperwork if you do not have Entrust.


DOE F 5631.18, Security Acknowledgement Form


The individual must read, sign and return the form to the Personnel Security Clearance Office.
Contractor Badge Request Application
Both cleared an uncleared badge requests for contractors and consultants must be initiated via the online Contractor Badge Request (CBR) application. This application is available to users with access to the Sandia Restricted network here. External business partners may access the application via the Sandia External Collaboration Network (ECN) here. For information on how to obtain an ECN account, refer to ECN Account Access. For basic instructions on how to use the application, see the CBR Application Guide and CBR Tutorial Video.

How will I know the badge is ready to be picked up?
An automatic e-mail notification from Personnel Security will be distributed to the SNL Requester. The SNL Requester can notify the contractor to report to the Badge Office to pick up their badge upon receipt of the automatic e-mail notification.

How will my contractor receive the clearance packet?
The Personnel Security Clearance Office will distribute an e-mail to the clearance applicant with additional paperwork and instructions only if DOE denies the reciprocal clearance request.

Additional Information:

Sandia/New Mexico - Personnel Security Office

Location: Innovation Parkway Office Center (IPOC) Map
Customer Service Hours: Mon-Fri 7:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Information Line: 1-505-845-1321
Fax: (505) 844-9739
E-Mail Address:
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 5800, MS-1475, Albuquerque, NM 87185-1475

Sandia/California - Security Operations Visitor Control Office

Location: Livermore, California
Customer Service Hours: Mon-Fri 7:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Information Line: (925) 294-2061
Fax: (925) 294-1330
E-Mail Address:
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 969, MS-9113, Livermore, CA 94551-9113