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.
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 required forms must be submitted together.
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.
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.