FOIA Letter Generator

Please note: This feature has been replaced by our much more extensive iFOIA project. This page is still available for those who need to view or retrieve previously created letters. All new users should go to our iFOIA site.


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Records requests letters can be sent to any federal agency, or almost any component of a state or county government.

The first decision to make is whether you are going to request documents from a state or federal agency, and what kind of letter you need to write. Choose one from the list below:

Federal letters:

Send an initial request for documents to a federal agency. This is the basic federal FOIA letter.

Send an administrative appeal letter to the agency, after a request has been denied.

Write a complaint to be filed in federal court, after a request and an agency appeal have been denied.

Write a motion to be filed in federal court, to demand a detailed listing of records the agency says are exempt from disclosure.

Send a request for your own files under the FOIA and Privacy Act.

State letter:

Send an initial request for documents to a state or county government office in: