Sample FOIA Request Letter  

Bill the Goat Statue
Due to civilian personnel furloughs in the Department of Defense beginning July 8, 2013, FOIA requesters may notice delays in responses to FOIA requests from Department of the Navy FOIA Requester Service Centers.  We apologize for these delays; however, please be assured that Navy FOIA Officers are committed to providing quality customer service during this time.  Thank you for your patience.

Superintendent, U.S. Naval Academy 
FOIA Coordinator 
121 Blake Road 
Annapolis, MD 21402-1300

Dear Sir/Madam:

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 (describe each document you seek with sufficient detail, including date and/or time period to be searched).

To assist you in determining my fee payment category, you should know that I am (insert the category provided below that applies to you or your company).

  • A representative of the news media.
  • Affiliated with an educational or noncommercial scientific institution.
  • 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 commercial use.

(Optional) I request a waiver of fees for this request because disclosure of the requested information to me is in the public interest, is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the Department of the Navy, and is not primarily in my commercial interest.

(Include details about how the requested information will be disseminated by you to the general public).

You may contact me or (name of representative) concerning this request at (area code and telephone number).


(Requester's signature [and complete U.S. mailing address if not shown on letterhead]).

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