Civil Division FOIA E-Request Form

Please be advised that we are experiencing some necessary operational changes as a result of the national emergency concerning the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. There may be some delay in the processing of your request, specifically for requests received by mail. Please know that we are working to avoid any major disruptions in the processing of electronic requests. However, there may be some delay in the processing of all requests we receive. You may reach out to our FOIA Requester Service Center and FOIA Public Liaison if you have any questions about your request.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

A FOIA request may be unnecessary. You may be able to access the information you require via the World Wide Web without making a FOIA request. Many documents are available through the Department of Justice website. In addition, frequently requested information is available electronically in the Civil Division's FOIA library.

If you have visited the FOIA library and were unable to find the information sought, you may need to make a FOIA request. Please follow the guidelines below to ensure the quickest possible response. 

Electronic FOIA Request Form

Contact Information
Description of Records Sought
Assessment of Fees
If I agree to fees, I understand that I will be notified before fees are incurred ONLY where fees apply and are expected to exceed the amount I have indicated. Payment must be made via check or money order, payable to the Treasury of the United States.
The Freedom of Information Reform Act of 1986 provides that documents are to be furnished without any charge or at a charge reduced below the fees established if disclosure of the information is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government and is not primarily in the commercial interest of the requestor. To evaluate whether the statutory standard authorizing a fee waiver or reduction has been met, we will need additional information upon which to base our determination.


The authority by which information is collected on this website form is 5 U.S.C. § 301 and 44 U.S.C. § 3101.  Your disclosure of information to the Department of Justice on this form is voluntary.  If you do not complete all or some information fields in this form, however, the Department of Justice may not be able to effectively respond to your feedback.

The principal purpose for collecting this information on this website form is to control, track, respond to, and maintain correspondence received or originated by the Department or referred to the Department.  In addition to disclosing this information to the appropriate officials and employees within the Department for the purposes of controlling, tracking, responding to, and maintaining the Department’s correspondence, the routine uses which may be made of the information collected on this website form include, but are not limited to: any civil or criminal law enforcement authority or other appropriate agency where a record, either on its face or in conjunction with other information, indicates a violation or potential violation of law; to contractors, grantees, experts, consultants, students, and others performing or working on a contract, service, grant, cooperative agreement, or other assignment for the Federal government, when necessary to accomplish an agency function related to the corresponding system of records; and to such recipients and under such circumstances and procedures as are mandated by federal statute or treaty. 

Please click on the link below for additional information pertaining to the type of information made available to the Department, what information the Department collects, how that information is used, and how information is stored when you visit the Department’s public-facing websites or official DOJ accounts on third-party websites and applications.

Updated March 30, 2020

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