How to request a copy of your security clearance investigation


The Defense Security Service (DSS) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) have conducted ninety percent of all clearance investigations over the past 35 years. Additionally, due to the transfer of the DoD personnel security investigations function from DSS to OPM on February 20, 2005, any requests for DSS investigations completed after February 20, 2005 should be sent to the OPM. DSS only maintains those personnel security investigations completed by DSS prior to the February 20, 2005 transfer.

To request a copy of your own background investigation you may submit request to the FIS FOI/PA office. You may use the Freedom of Information, Privacy Act Record Request Form (PDF file) or submit a handwritten request. Use of the electronic form is not mandatory, but it’s encouraged to ensure you provide all of the required information.

For OPM investigations mail or fax a request with your hand written signature to:

P.O. Box 618
1137 Branchton Road
Boyers, PA 16018-0618
FAX: 724-794-4590

Include the following information in your request:

• Full name
• Social Security Number
• Date of birth
• Place of birth
• Current home address (a Post Office Box is not acceptable)

For DSS investigations mail a written request with your original notarized signature to:

Defense Security Service (DSS)
Office of FOIA and Privacy
27130 Telegraph Rd.
Quantico, VA 22134

Include the following information in your request:

• Full current name
• Any other names you may have used in the past
• Date of Birth
• Social Security Number
• A brief description of the records you are seeking
• Any other information that you feel may help in searching for records pertaining to you