How Long Does It Take?
The security clearance timeline varies for each position and depends on the level of clearance needed for the job and each individual’s background. In the fiscal year 2009, the fastest 90 percent of initial security clearance investigations (not including adjudications) were conducted in an average of 33 to 64 days, depending on the level of security clearance.
The government operates on a fiscal year, which runs from October 1 through September 30 of the following year.
So why does it take so long? First, a lot of hours go into getting the facts on your history, interviewing people you know, and so on, especially for a high-level clearance. Second, many of the sources are obtained through voluntary cooperation. ...