How many years is a top secret clearance good for?

When does the security authorization expire? Confidential-level authorization, the lowest security threat, is valid for 15 years. Top secret authorization must be re-investigated (re-authorized) every 5 years. This means that no incident or allegation emerges that could cause the government to examine your authorization. Ongoing research will eventually replace periodic reinvestigations, which are carried out every 10 years for employees with secret authorization and five years for those with a high-level authorization secret.

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