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Requesting DEA Records

DEA records can be requested through both the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act (PA).  Please read this page carefully to ensure you are making the correct request.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request

The Freedom of Information Act allows any person – except fugitives, federal agencies, and foreign intelligence agencies – to request information about organizations, businesses, investigations, historical events, incidents, groups, or deceased persons.

To submit a Freedom of Information Act request, use one of the following options:

Option 1:  Submit your request using the FOIA Request Letter.  The form includes instructions.

Option 2:  Mail, fax or e-mail your submission to:

Drug Enforcement Administration
Attn:  FOI/PA Unit (SARF)
8701 Morrissette Drive
Springfield, Virginia  22152
Fax:  (202) 307-8556
E-mail:  DEA.FOIA@usdoj.gov

Letter and e-mail format:

  • Provide your complete name and mailing address.  Telephone, fax and e-mail addresses are optional.
  • Provide any identifying data that will help us locate information-for example, the subject’s complete name, aliases, date and place of birth, social security number, former addresses or locations.
  • If you are interested in records pertaining to a particular incident, please describe it in detail.

Another living person:

  • If your request is for information about another living person, that information is usually not disclosed unless you have obtained the person’s written consent or unless public disclosure is authorized by law.  Please use U.S. Department of Justice Certification of Identity Form DOJ-361 and complete the section identified as: Authorization to Release Information to Another Person.  You may submit an attachment listing additional information that may aid in locating responsive records.  Please place your name and contact information on the attachment.

A deceased individual:

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, date of birth is 100 years or greater, or Social Security Death Index page.

For more information:

Privacy Act Request

The Privacy Act allows U.S. citizens and lawfully admitted aliens to request information on themselves or another living person.

If you are requesting information about yourself, you must use one of the following options:

Option 1:  Use the Department of Justice Certification of Identity Form DOJ-361. You may submit an attachment listing additional information that may aid in locating responsive records.  Please place your name and contact information on the attachments.

Option 2:  Following the instructions in U.S. Department of Justice Certification of Identity Form DOJ -361, submit a letter to the DEA, sign your request and have it notarized or state “Under penalty of perjury, I hereby declare that I am the person named above and I understand that any falsification of this statement is punishable under the provisions of Title 18, United States Code (U.S.C.) Section 1001 by a fine of not more than $10,000 or by imprisonment of not more than five years, or both, and that requesting or obtaining any record(s) under false pretenses is punishable under the provisions of Title 5, U.S.C. Section 552(a)(i)(3) as a misdemeanor and by a fine of not more than $5,000.”

Mail or e-mail the letter to the following:

Drug Enforcement Administration
Attn:  FOI/PA Unit (SARF)
8701 Morrissette Drive
Springfield, Virginia  22152

For more information:

If you have any questions about preparing or submitting FOIA or Privacy Act requests, call our FOIA Customer Service hotline at (202) 307-7956.  For information on expedited processing and fee waivers, see the U.S. Department of Justice FOIA Reference Guide.

             


 

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