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How to Make FOIA Requests

This page provides you with information on how to submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request or a Privacy Act request. FOIA allows any person to request that agency records be made public. The agency will first review the information and black out anything that must be withheld under the law. They will then send you the records you requested.

If your request meets certain standards, you can ask for a fee waiver or expedited handling.  Failure to provide required information when submitting a FOIA request may result in a delay or rejection of requests.

  • ­­­Step-by-step to File a FOIA Request
    How to submit a FOIA request.
     
  • Fee Structure and Waivers
    While the FOIA supports disclosure of federal agency records, the law recognizes the legitimate need to restrict disclosure of some information.
     
  • Processing (Normal and Expedited)
    Information on expedited processing of your FOIA request.
     
  • Limits and Exemptions on FOIA Requests
    While the FOIA supports disclosure of federal agency records, the law recognizes the legitimate need to restrict disclosure of some information.
     
  • Appeals and Mediation
    You can file an appeal to have the agency reconsider its initial handling of your request.  Send your appeal and a copy of the response within 90 days of the date of the response letter to the following address. Your envelope and letter should be marked “FOIA Appeal.”

    Privacy Office, Attn: FOIA Appeals
    Mail Stop 0655
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    2707 Martin Luther King Jr. AVE SE
    Washington, D.C. 20528-065.

For updates on pending FOIA appeals, please contact:
202-343-1662 | Email: FOIA@hq.dhs.gov

 

Last Published Date: August 16, 2021

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