States apply for SARA membership through a uniform state application process, demonstrating to the satisfaction of their Regional Compact that they meet the policies established for state membership in SARA.
- State completes the standard SARA State Application (LINK) and submits it to the relevant regional compact.
- Regional compact staff and the regional compact’s SARA steering committee review the application and make recommendations for approval or denial.
- Regional compact approves or denies state application and notifies the state and NC-SARA of its decision.
- States apply to their regional compact for renewal every two years.
Detailed information about the state application process is in the SARA Policy Manual, Section 2.