The Freedom of Information Act allows any person—except fugitives, federal agencies, and foreign intelligence agencies—to request information about organizations, businesses, investigations, historical events, incidents, groups, or deceased persons.
To submit a Freedom of Information Act request, use one of the following options:
NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the FBI has adjusted its normal operations and is unable to timely process Freedom of Information/Privacy Act (FOIPA) requests received via the eFOIPA portal or by standard mail. Given limited staffing to ensure safety, you can expect delays in both the acknowledgement and substantive response to your FOIPA request. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding during this national emergency.
Option 1: Submit your request using the eFOIPA portal.
Option 2: Submit your request using the Sample FOIA Request Letter. The form includes instructions.
Note: Please use the U.S. Department of Justice Certification of Identity Form DOJ-361. If you have any questions about this process before submitting your FOIA request, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Attn: FOI/PA Request
Record/Information Dissemination Section
170 Marcel Drive
Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
- Provide your complete name and mailing address. Telephone, fax, and e-mail addresses are optional.
- Provide any identifying data that will help us locate information—for example, the subject’s complete name, aliases, date and place of birth, Social Security number, former addresses, or localities.
- If you are interested in records pertaining to a particular incident, please describe it in detail.
Another living person:
- If your request is for information about another living person, that information is usually not disclosed unless you have obtained the person’s written consent or unless public disclosure is authorized by law. Requests for information about another living person should be accompanied by evidence of the subject’s consent. Please use U.S. Department of Justice Certification of Identity Form DOJ-361 and complete the section identified as: Authorization to Release Information to Another Person. You may submit an attachment listing additional information that may aid in locating responsive records. Please place your name and contact information on the attachment.
A deceased individual:
- If your request is for information concerning a deceased individual, you must provide proof of death. Acceptable forms of proof of death include obituaries, death certificates, recognized sources that can be documented, written media, Who’s Who in America, an FBI file that indicates a person is deceased, date of birth is 100 years or greater, or Social Security Death Index page.
State how much you are willing to pay for duplication fees if any are assessed.
The Department of State maintains the following visa records:
- Correspondence previously sent to or given to the applicant by the post
- Civil documents presented by the applicant
- Visa applications and any other documents submitted by the applicant to the Department in the form in which they were submitted.
- Inquiries on visa cases in progress overseas should be made to the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate handling your case.
Immigration records for individuals who already immigrated to the United States and have been issued a permanent resident alien card, also known as a “green card,” are with the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), you can request:
- Your immigration record;
- Another person’s immigration record; or
- Non-A-File information such as USCIS policies, data, or communications.