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Eligibility Requirements

Are you eligible to join ClearanceJobs? Security clearance is required. Candidate registration on ClearanceJobs is restricted to U.S. citizens with active or current security clearance issued by the Federal government.


  • Active: Your present job requires use of a clearance.
  • Current: You have had a job in the past two years that required use of a clearance.
  • Expired: It's been more than two years since you had a job that required a clearance.


  • If you do not have an active or current clearance.
  • If your clearance has expired.
  • If you have not had a job in the past two years that required a clearance.
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen.


  • ClearanceJobs cannot obtain a clearance for you.
  • It is a felony to lie about possession of a clearance.
  • All jobs and opportunities on ClearanceJobs require an active or current clearance.

common candidate registration questions

Can I register on ClearanceJobs with an interim security clearance?

Yes. Candidates with interim security clearances of any level can join ClearanceJobs. Interim status should be noted in the Clearance Notes section of your ClearanceJobs profile. When your interim clearance becomes a final clearance, reference to this change should also be included in the Clearance Notes section of your ClearanceJobs profile. If a final clearance is not awarded and interim status is lost, candidates should contact us for removal.


My security clearance is approved (current), but I haven't been given a start date at my new job. Can I register on your site?

Candidates who have received final security clearance but have not yet started the job that requires the clearance are eligible to register on ClearanceJobs. Please include this in the Clearance Notes section of your ClearanceJobs profile.


Can I obtain a security clearance on my own?

No. You must be sponsored by a cleared contractor or a Government agency. To be sponsored you must be employed (or hired as a consultant) in a position that requires a clearance. As an exception, a candidate for employment may be submitted for a clearance if the employer has made an offer of employment and the candidate has accepted the offer. Both the offer and acceptance must be in writing. The offer of employment from a cleared contractor must indicate that employment will begin within 30 days of receiving the clearance:

Additional Security Clearance Questions

For detailed information on security clearances read our comprehensive Security Clearance FAQs. Have questions about your security clearance status (i.e. active, inactive, current)? Ask questions anonymously on our ClearanceJobs Blog.

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