There are four steps to file a FOIA request at DHS.
Requests must be in writing and the records you are seeking must be reasonably described. It is helpful to include specific information that may assist in identifying the requested records, such as the date, title or name, author, recipient, subject matter of the record.
It is critical that all the required information be provided when submitting a FOIA request. Failure to do so will result in delay or rejection of requests. Please make sure your request includes:
- Contact information (street address or email address)
- Brief description of records sought
- If you are seeking records that contain personal information about yourself, provide a perjury statement and signature or notary
- If you are seeking records that include personal information of a third party, you may receive greater access by providing a third party release statement.