Inactive/Lapsed Security Clearance

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How long does my clearance last when I leave the military?

  • Clearance becomes inactive once your service ends.
  • Clearance can be re-activated for up to 24 months as long as your re-evaluation period hasn't passed.

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What can I do if my clearance has lapsed?

  • Make sure to put on your resume that you are "Clearable." This lets employers know that you have had previous clearance.
  • Once you are sponsored by a company, you will have to go through the clearance process again.
  • The clearance process should not take as long as your initial clearance check, depending on how long it has been since you last held clearance.

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