Sample FOIA Request Letter

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Sample FOIA Request Letter

Here is a sample FOIA request letter directly from the FOIA website to help you write a Freedom of Information Letter:

FOIA Requester Service Center [or FOIA Officer]

DoD Component

Address

City, State, Zip Code

Dear :

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. § 552).

I request that a copy of the following document(s) be provided to me: [identify the documents as specifically as possible].

In order to help you determine my status for the purpose of assessing fees, you should know that I am [insert one of the descriptions below] _____________________________________

___  a representative of the news media affiliated with the _______ newspaper (magazine, television station, etc.), and this request is made as part of news gathering and not for a commercial use.

___  affiliated with an educational or noncommercial scientific institution and this request is made for a scholarly or scientific purpose and not for a commercial use.

___  affiliated with a private business and am seeking information for use in the company’s business.

___  an individual seeking information for personal use and not for a commercial use.

I am willing to pay fees for this request up to a maximum of $___. If you estimate that the fees will exceed this limit, please inform me first.

I also include a telephone number at which I can be contacted if necessary to discuss any aspect of my request.

Sincerely,

Name

Address

City, State, Zip Code

Telephone number

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