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FOIA Requests

How to Make a FOIA Request

Before you submit a FOIA request for FMCSA documents please be aware of the following: 

  • You must make your request in writing via mail, fax or email. Your request must include your name, address, and a telephone number where we can reach you if we have questions about your request.
  • You should clearly indicate that you are making your request under FOIA.
  • The request must reasonably and specifically describe the documents you seek. (When requesting documents on a specific motor carrier, please include the motor carrier name and principal place of business or Department of Transportation number if available).
  • If you are requesting information on yourself, i.e. a Privacy Act request, you must complete and submit a Privacy Waiverform.
  • You may submit your request using one of the three following methods:

(FOIA provides only for the release of documents; it doesn't answer questions.)

Where to Make a FOIA Request


Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 
Attn: FOIA Team MC-MMI 
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE 
Washington, DC 20590 


(202) 385-2335 
Attn: FOIA Team 


NOTE: Please include a telephone number on your FOIA request where you can be contacted in case of problems or questions regarding your request.

If you are Denied a Request

You may make an appeal in writing if your request is denied.

Updated: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
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