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Submitting a FOIA Request

How to submit a FOIA request?

There are certain limitations to a FOIA request:

  • Please note that the FOIA does not require the agency to answer questions, issue opinions, conduct legal research, create records, or produce tangible objects in order to respond to a request.
  • Your request may not be in the form of a question. FOIA does not require agencies to answer questions. Questions posed as FOIA requests will not be processed.
  • Information about an individual (other than yourself) may be requested under the FOIA, but release is subject to whether the privacy interests of the affected party outweighs the public interest in the release of said information.
  • Information covered under the FOIA Exemptions may be withheld. 

Please include the following in your request:

  • Contact information: Please include your name, mailing address, phone number and an e-mail address so we can reach you with any questions concerning your request
  • A complete description of the records you are requesting. Please include enough file-related information (type of document, title, subject area, date of creation, originating office) or event-related information (date and circumstances surrounding the event) for us to conduct a focused, time-efficient search for materials.
  • If you are requesting records on yourself or another individual, see additional requirements under the DHS guidelines for Submitting Privacy Act Request.
  • Multiple requests. For faster handling, please note in your request whether you are submitting it to more to more than one Department component.

FOIA requests may be submitted by emailing your request to  Additional information is available on the Freedom of Information page.

FOIA requests may also be submitted through the U.S. Mail to:

Records Management/Disclosure Branch
Mailstop 3172
500 C Street, SW,
Washington, D.C. 20472


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