Your Rights to DHS Information under FOIA
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a federal statute. FOIA generally provides that any person has a right to request access to federal agency records. FOIA also establishes a presumption that records in the possession of agencies and departments of the Executive Branch of the U. S. government are accessible to the people, except to the extent the records are protected from disclosure by any of nine exemptions contained in the law or by one of three special law enforcement record exclusions.
Information on how to submit a FOIA request and how to submit a Privacy Act request; fee structure, waivers, processing information and limits on FOIA requests.
Check the status of your FOIA request by calling the DHS FOIA Requester Service Center that replied to your request.
- Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires agencies to make records available for public in paper and electronic form.
- Contact information for filing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
- Concise Descriptions of the FOIA Exemptions and examples of Information DHS May Withhold under each exemption.
- Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Statutes and online Resources.
- Sign up to receive free e-mails to get updates on different DHS.gov topics.
- Click on a link to access a specific DHS Component FOIA library