Each member is represented by one individual who is known as the Nlets Representative. Representatives are divided into eight regions. Each region elects a Chairperson to represent the region on the Nlets Board of Directors. This election is held in conjunction with the annual Council Meeting.
The Board of Directors (BOD) has three officers: the President, the First Vice-President, and the Second Vice-President. All Officers are elected at the annual Council Meeting. Candidates are nominated by a nominating committee appointed by the President or from the floor. Officers may serve no more than two consecutive terms in the same office and can be removed from office upon a two-thirds vote of the Nlets Council. The Nlets BOD has two types of committees: Standing Committees, which are established and dissolved through an amendment to the Nlets By-Laws; and, Special Committees, which are established and dissolved by the President. The President appoints members to committees as provided in the Nlets By-Laws.
There are four classes of membership in Nlets:
- Principal Members
Non-federal criminal justice agencies in each state, the District of Columbia, Commonwealths, and Territories that are assigned Nlets control terminal responsibilities.
- Federal Members
Federal agencies that may be assigned control terminal responsibilities.
- International Members
Those criminal justice agencies under the authority of a foreign government that may be assigned Nlets control terminal responsibilities.
- Associate Members
Those organizations that will provide a service to the Nlets criminal justice community, are not eligible for any other type of membership, and may be assigned control terminal responsibilities.