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Joint Certification Program (JCP)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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The Joint Certification Program (JCP) certifies Canadian and United States (U.S.) contractors for access to unclassified military technical data belonging to Canada's Department of National Defence (DND) and to the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). This Program helps to protect controlled Unclassified Militarily Critical Technical Data (MCTD) and technology from common adversaries, but allows it to flow to certified Canadian and U.S. companies that have a legitimate need-to-know for business purposes. This program is effective in protecting the competitive edge of North American companies by ensuring that only eligible companies are provided with this data.


Unclassified Militarily Critical Technical Data (MCTD) is data that can be used to produce military or space equipment and related technology. It also includes such items as blueprints, drawings, computer software and operating instructions and technical information.


Joint Certification Program (JCP) certification establishes the eligibility of a United States (U.S.) or Canadian contractor to receive technical data governed, in the U.S., by Department of Defense (DOD) Directive 5230.25 and, in Canada, by the Technical Data Control Regulations (TDCR).


Certification is required for United States (U.S.) or Canadian contractors who 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).


The United States (U.S.)/Canada Joint Certification Program (JCP) located at the Logistics Information Services in Battle Creek, MI is the only authorized source of certification numbers.


No, at this time, there are no associated fees related to the assignment/maintenance of certification numbers.


Contractors must submit a DD Form 2345 to the United States (U.S.)/Canada Joint Certification Office (JCO), along with a copy of supporting documentation.


Supporting Documentation must have the same name as DD Form 2345 block 2.a., and be one of the following:

  • The company's State/Provincial License
  • Incorporation Certificate or Articles of Incorporation
  • Any other documentation from a government agency that verifies the legitimacy of the company

Send your completed form, by mail or courier, to the address indicated at the top of the DD Form 2345:

U.S./Canada Joint Certification Office
Logistics Information Services - VBA
Federal Center, 74 Washington Ave., North
Battle Creek, MI USA 49037-3084


No, we have been informed by our legal advisor that an original signature is required and therefore we need the original signed copy. Fax or email copies are not accepted.


Times for processing DD Form 2345 applications fluctuate depending on delivery method to our office and the volume of applications received. Our objective is to review your application as quickly as possible and return it to you in five business days.


By searching for the company name using the CAGE Search and Inquiry (CSI).


By registering in the System for Award Management (SAM) U.S. companies will automatically be assigned a CAGE Code for the physical address recorded in the SAM.


The NCAGE Code may be requested through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency and by following the instructions for a Non-United States (U.S.) Business/Organization.


Complete, sign and forward a revised DD Form 2345 to:

U.S./Canada Joint Certification Office
Logistics Information Services Defense Logistics Agency
Federal Center, 74 Washington Ave., North
Battle Creek, MI USA 49037-3084

Note: In Block 1, Type of Submission, check box "b" for Revision. For company name or address changes, include supporting documentation.


A Directly Arranged Visit (DAV) is used for purposes of procurement activities, related to pre-solicitation conferences, discussions related to unclassified solicitations, performance of an unclassified contract, research, attendance at restricted meetings, etc. Your registration in the Joint Certification Program (JCP) allows you to make arrangements directly with your point of contact at the industry or military facility you wish to visit. To do so, send an email or letter to your point of contact, and they will forward the request for the visit to the security official at the facility for review and approval.

Your request must include:

  • The purpose of the visit
  • Date and time
  • Location and point of contact at the facility
  • List of personnel
  • Citizenship information; and
  • A copy of the JCP Certificate

By contacting directly the Joint Certification Office (JCO) at or by contacting the Defense Logistics Agency Customer Interaction Center (DLA CIC).


Yes, all defense contractors must have an active CAGE/NCAGE before applying for JCP Certification.


Yes, any defense contractor that wishes to do business with the Department of Defense (DOD), must register in SAM. The SAM expiration date must also be current before applying for JCP Certification.

Contact us for questions or additional interest in JCP.