Obtaining a copy of your clearance investigation

First you must determine who conducted your investigation. The Defense Security Service (DSS) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) have conducted more than 90% of all clearance investigations over the past 35 years. Due to the transfer of the DoD personnel security investigations function from DSS to OPM on February 20, 2005, any requests for investigations completed after February 20, 2005 should be sent to the OPM. DSS no longer maintains personnel security investigations completed by DSS prior to the February 20, 2005 transfer. Those records are available from the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC).

For OPM investigations submit OPM form INV 100 in accordance with instructions on the form.

For DSS investigations completed before February 2005 submit a written request to DMDC at:

Defense Manpower Data Center
ATTN: Privacy Act Branch
P.O. Box 168
Boyers, PA 16020-0168

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.
  • The address where you would like the records sent.

In addition, you must provide a notarized statement or an unsworn declaration made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. 1746, in the following format:

If executed outside the United States: ‘I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature).’

If executed within the United States, its territories, possessions, or commonwealths: ‘I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature).’

For all other federal agencies contact the agency’s Freedom of Information and Privacy Act office (or visit their website) for instructions.