Chlorine nitrate photolysis has been investigated with the use of a molecular beam technique. Excitation at both 248 and 193 nanometers led to photodissociation by two pathways, CIONO2 → CIO + NO2 and CIONO2 → Cl + NO3, with comparable yields. This experiment provides a direct measurement of the CIO product channel and consequently raises the possibility of an analogous channel in CIO dimer photolysis. Photodissociation of the CIO dimer is a critical step in the catalytic cycle that is presumed to dominate polar stratospheric ozone destruction. A substantial yield of CIO would reduce the efficiency of this cycle.