Submit and Track a Request or Appeal

Use this portal to submit the following types of requests:

Freedom of Information Act Request (for Department of Justice records on any given topic)

Privacy Act Request (for Department of Justice records concerning yourself)

For the Department of Justice's Office(s) of:

The Attorney General
The Deputy Attorney General
The Associate Attorney General
Legislative Affairs
Public Affairs
Legal Policy
Information Policy

You may also use this tool to submit a FOIA or Privacy Act Administrative Appeal.

Submit a request to a different DOJ component | Submit a request to another government agency

To see what documents and information have already been made available, check the Department's FOIA Libraries or search across all federal government agency websites on

For information on the procedures for the submission and processing of FOIA requests at the Department, please visit the Make a FOIA Request to DOJ page, or you can read through the DOJ FOIA Reference Guide.

Using the Online Request Form

If you would like to submit a request or appeal to OIP through this portal, the first step is to set up a personal account. You will be asked to provide your name and contact information and to create a unique password for this portal. Your user account will allow you to log into this portal and track your requests or appeals that you have submitted to OIP through this online tool. When you submit a request or appeal through this online request form, OIP will then communicate with you through your online account. OIP's determination, as well as any responsive documents, will be provided to you electronically.

When you make your request or appeal, your account will be updated with an individualized tracking number. You will also receive an electronic copy of OIP's acknowledgment letter. As OIP processes your request or appeal, the status of your request or appeal will be updated in your account. You can access your account at any time to check the status of your request or appeal. When a final determination is made in response to your request or appeal, OIP will post an electronic copy of its response letter and any responsive documents in your account. OIP may also communicate with you via e-mail in order to provide interim responses or other updates on your request, or for any matters that require your input or clarification.

Please be advised that OIP is in the process of transitioning from its current eFOIA portal to the portal on FOIAonline. Effective February 16, 2016, OIP’s current eFOIA portal will no longer be active and you will be directed to our new portal on FOIAonline in order to electronically submit a request or appeal. 

Please note that as of February 16, 2016, you will not be able to access your eFOIA portal account, including any documents uploaded to your account, and you will not be able to obtain any updates on the status of your request or appeal from the current eFOIA portal.

Accordingly, as of February 16, 2016, please contact OIP’s FOIA Requester Service Center using the contact information below for status information on your FOIA request or appeal or to access any documents that were uploaded to your account.

Office of Information Policy
Department of Justice
Suite 11050
1425 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20530-0001
Phone: (202) 514-3642 (FOIA)
Fax: (202) 514-1009

If you have any eFOIA Portal requests or appeals pending as of February 16, 2016, this Office will provide its response via the email address provided with your request submission.

If you prefer not to use this capability you may still submit your request or appeal to OIP by mail or fax.



Updated December 16, 2015