Sample FBI FOIA Request Letter
Please provide a detailed description. For example, if requesting records on Saddam
Hussein, you could write: Saddam Hussein, who served as president of Iraq from 1979
If your request is for information concerning a deceased individual, you must provide
proof of death. Acceptable forms of proof of death include: obituaries, death certificates,
recognized sources that can be documented, written media, Who’s Who in America, an
FBI file that indicates a person is deceased, date of birth is 100 years or greater, or Social
Security Death Index page.
If you wish to include additional specific information, attach another sheet of paper to
Options for sending your request: mail to the address listed below, fax to (540) 868-
4391/4997, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Record/Information Dissemination Section
Attn: FOIPA Request
170 Marcel Drive
Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Dear FOIA Officer: ______________________
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
Date range of request: ______________________
Description of Request:
Please search the FBI’s indices to the Central Records System for the information responsive to
this request related to: