Joint Certification Program (JCP)

A Joint Certification Program (JCP) certification is required by U.S. or Canadian Government Contractors wanting to obtain access to unclassified technical data drawings disclosing militarily critical technology with military or space application that is under the control of, or in the possession of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) or the Canadian Department of National Defense (DND)

Frequently asked questions about the JCP program     See Complete Instructions filling out JCP application form DD 2345

To get your JCP number complete form DD 2345 -  mail the original completed copy along with a copy of your company's incorporation certificate or state / provincial license, or sale tax identification form or any other document which verifies the legitimacy of the company to:

U.S./CANADA JOINT CERTIFICATION OFFICE
DEFENSE LOGISTICS INFORMATION SERVICE
FEDERAL CENTER, 74 WASHINGTON AVE., NORTH
BATTLE CREEK, MI USA 49037-3084

The DD Form 2345 is a fillable form. This will allow you to complete the form on-line by typing the information. Please then print the completed DD 2345 form, sign. with your original signature and send the completed and signed form to the address indicated at the top of the form.
Follow the guidance in this checklist it will help to ensure your submitted DD Form 2345 is correct which will allow processing it quicker.

The U.S. / Canada Joint Certification Program (JCP) is managed by the U.S. / Canada Joint Certification Office (JCO). The JCO, a common, jointly staffed office, is located at the Defense Logistics Information Service (DLIS).

The JCO receives and processes the DD Form 2345, Militarily Critical Technical Agreements, submitted by U.S. and Canadian contractors that wish to obtain access to unclassified technical data disclosing critical technology under the control of, or in the possession of DoD or DND.

The United States and Canada share a unique, long-standing military and economic relationship. The two countries are partners in the joint defense of North America and have established a bilateral common structure (NORAD) for mutual defense. Canadian industry is a part of the North American Defense Industrial Base.

The United States and Canada consult and cooperate on the development of common industrial security procedures and technology controls. The two governments have entered into numerous bilateral agreements that codify and support this relationship.

In 1985, the United States and Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that established the U.S.-Canada Joint Certification Program (JCP).

As stated in the Memorandum of Understanding "Joint Terms of Reference for the United States-Canada Joint Certification Program," the program was established "to certify contractors of each country for access, on an equally favorable basis, to unclassified technical data disclosing critical technology" controlled in the U.S. by Department of Defense Directive 5230.25 and, in Canada, by the Technical Data Control Regulations. Under each nation's laws, the U.S. Department of Defense and Canada's Department of National Defence may withhold such technical data from public disclosure.

Frequently asked Questions and Answers about the JCP certification program and form DD2345.

Can I fax or email my completed DD Form 2345 to your office?

How long does it take to process my DD Form 2345?

How do I update or correct the information in my existing certification?

Where do I send my completed DD Form 2345?

What is the purpose of certification under the U.S./Canada Joint Certification Program?

Why is a certification required?

How do I get a certification number?

Who assigns and maintains certification numbers?

Is there a fee for certification?

What is a Directly Arranged Visit (DAV)?

Can I fax or email my completed DD Form 2345 to your office?

No, the U.S./Canada Joint Certification Program was informed by their legal advisor that an original signature is required and therefore need the original signed copy.
No fax or email copies are acceptable.

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How long does it take to process my DD Form 2345?

The U.S./Canada Joint Certification Program will return an approved and signed certified form, which will include your certification number and expiration date within 5 days of receipts.
Please note that delays may be incurred if information required or forms are incomplete or incorrect.

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How do I update or correct the information in my existing certification?

Please complete, sign and forward a revised DD Form 2345 to our office.
In item 1 Type of Submission, please check box “b” for Revision.

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Where do I send my completed DD Form 2345?

Send your completed form to the address indicated at the top of the DD Form 2345:

U.S./CANADA JOINT CERTIFICATION OFFICE
DEFENSE LOGISTICS INFORMATION SERVICE
FEDERAL CENTER, 74 WASHINGTON AVE., NORTH
BATTLE CREEK, MI USA 49037-3084


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What is the purpose of certification under the U.S./Canada Joint Certification Program?

Certification under the JCP establishes the eligibility of a U.S. or Canadian contractor to receive technical data governed, in the U.S., by DoD Directive 5230.25 and, in Canada, by the Technical Data Control Regulations (TDCR)

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Why is a certification required?

A certification is required by U.S. or Canadian contractors that wish to obtain access to unclassified technical data disclosing militarily critical technology with military or space application that is under the control of, or in the possession of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) or the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND).

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How do I get a certification number?

Contractors must submit a DD Form 2345 to the U.S./Canada Joint Certification Office, along with a copy of the company's State/Provincial License, Incorporation Certificate, Sales Tax Identification Form or other documentation which verifies the legitimacy of the company.
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Who assigns and maintains certification numbers?

The U.S./Canada Joint Certification Program located at Defense Logistics Information Service (DLIS) in Battle Creek, MI is the only authorized source of Certification Numbers.

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Is there a fee for certification?

No.
At this time, there are no associated subscription charges related to the assignment/maintenance of Certification Numbers.

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What is a Directly Arranged Visit (DAV)?

The United States and Canada have agreed that the certification process can be used to facilitate visits to U.S. or Canadian military installations that involve access to UNCLASSIFIED technical data.

The following are activities intended to be covered through the Directly Arranged Visit process:
See JCP Pamplet

Procurement activities such as pre-solicitation conferences, discussions related to unclassified solicitations, and collection of procurement unclassified documents (RFQ's, RFP's, bid sets, etc);

Performance of an unclassified contract;

Scientific research, in a professional capacity, in support of unclassified U.S. or Canadian defense initiatives;

Attendance at restricted meetings, conferences, symposia, or program briefings where technical data governed by DoD Directive 5230.25 or Canadian TDCR will be presented.

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