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How to Submit a Request

How to Submit a FOIA Request:

  • Register for an account.
  • To submit your request online click the "Sign In" link on the top right to sign in or register. Once logged in, click the "Submit a FOIA Request" link and complete the online form.   
  • As you navigate the "Sign In" procedures, please follow all prompts, look for red system warnings, and make sure that all required fields are completed.
  • If you have requested a document download as your method of delivery, you will receive an email telling you when those documents are available. In order to retrieve those documents, you will need to "Sign In" to the system and check the status of your request. Upon reaching that screen, you will see a small download icon next to your request status. Click there in order to download the documents relating to your case onto your computer.  When making a request to the VA for records under the Freedom of Information Act, keep the following tips in mind.

Request Should:

  • Fully describe the records you seek. Provide enough detail so that the records can be located. Such detail should include descriptive information, timeframe, and district to be searched, and certification of identity, if required. The FOIA clearly states that records must exist at the time the request is submitted to be considered. FOIA provides access to records; the FOIA it is not a way to answer open-ended questions, nor are Agencies required to answer questions under the FOIA.  
  • Provide the full name, a full mailing address, email address and telephone number so that you may be contacted if we need additional information. Failure to provide this information may result in your request not being processed.
  • Contain an agreement to pay fees associated with the processing of your request. If your request has potential to produce a huge amount of responsive documents, you will be notified. Some requests may require prepayment.
  • Upon receipt of the request, the VA will generate an acknowledgment letter that summarizes the request, provides a tracking number, and the fee schedule associated with processing FOIA request.

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