National Security Vetting: security appraisal form

Form for the renewal of security clearance for those with access to highly classified government information. Please ensure you read the guidance below.


Form NSV 006 (Revised May 2018)


With effect from 1st September 2023 UK Security Vetting (UKSV) will no longer be accepting Security Appraisal Form (SAF) submissions by email.

Your annual Security Appraisal Form (SAF) should be submitted via the NSVS SAF Portal route - this is the fastest and safest route to ensure that your clearance is maintained.

You should no longer be submitting your SAF as a paper based form via email. Submission via the portal enables you and your nominated Line Manager to complete the relevant sections online in a safe and secure environment and, once completed and submitted, your clearance will automatically update with the relevant information.

We will only accept SAF forms by email in exceptional circumstances:

The copy of the form retained on this page is only for use in such circumstances. You must submit a case for exceptional circumstances to for approval before using this form.

If you have any issues accessing the SAF portal please contact the UKSV Helpdesk on or if you require assistance with completing the SAF please contact the SAF Group mailbox on 

Please contact your relevant security branch/PVRO to commence the process of completing an eSAF.

Updates to this page

Published 1 February 2011
Last updated 6 September 2023 + show all updates
  1. Guidance updated to require SAF submission via the NSVS portal from September 2023

  2. Guidance added to inform clearance holders that Security Appraisal Forms (SAFs) must be submitted to UKSV via the NSVS portal from September 2023.

  3. Edited details to refer to sponsor portal process for SAFs

  4. Guidance for sending forms electronically whilst Covid-19 measures are in place has been added.

  5. Form updated with latest version

  6. Replaced form with latest edition

  7. Updated with latest form

  8. Updated with latest edition of form NSV006

  9. Added note to alert customers about difficulty with opening forms.

  10. Added updated version of NSV006.

  11. First published.

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