Requesting DEA FOIA Records

Make a FOIA Request

The DEA maintains investigative and intelligence files of criminal activities related to illicit drug traffic and drug abuse. It also keeps various records pertaining to the administration of DEA.

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

Before You Request

Before making a FOIA request, browse this website to see if the information you are looking for is already publicly available. DEA's Office of Public Affairs publishes information on drugs, intelligence, forensics, and drug prevention programs online.

What Can You Request

A FOIA request can be made for any agency record. You can also specify the format in which you wish to receive the records. You should be aware that the FOIA does not require agencies to do research for you, to analyze data, to answer written questions, or to create records in response to a request.

HACER UNA SOLICITUD DE LA FOIA AL DOJ

Request information about 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.

Mail, e-mail, or fax your request to the following:

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

E-mail: DEA.FOIA@usdoj.gov
Fax: (202) 307-8556

Request information about yourself

If you are seeking records on yourself, you will be required to verify your identity. This verification is required in order to protect your privacy and to ensure that private information about you is not disclosed inappropriately to someone else.

- 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: 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, e-mail, or fax your request to the following:

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

E-mail: DEA.FOIA@usdoj.gov
Fax: (202) 307-8556

 

Request Information about 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.

Use the DEA FOIA Request Letter Form. Please provide a detailed description of your request on the letter form. If you wish to include additional specific information, include another sheet of paper with the form.

- 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.

Mail, e-mail, or fax your request to the following:

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

E-mail: DEA.FOIA@usdoj.gov
Fax: (202) 307-8556

Request information about organizations, businesses, investigations, historical events, incidents, or groups

Use the DEA FOIA Request Letter Form. Please provide a detailed description of your request on the letter form. If you wish to include additional specific information, include another sheet of paper with the form.

- 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.

Mail, e-mail, or fax your request to the following:

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

E-mail: DEA.FOIA@usdoj.gov
Fax: (202) 307-8556

 

Frequently Asked Questions

DEA will do its best to process every request quickly and efficiently, but please be advised that DEA works on a first in first out policy.

 

Please contact our customer service hotline at (202) 307-7596 and your phone call will be routed to the appropriate Government Information Specialist handling your request.

If you are not satisfied with the response to your request, you may administratively appeal by writing to the Director, Office of Information Policy (OIP), at the United States Department of Justice.  You may submit an appeal through OIP's FOIAonline portal by creating an account on the following website: https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/home or by mail to the following address:

Freedom of Information Appeal
Office of Information Policy
U.S. Department of Justice
Suite 11050
1425 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.  205320-0001 

Your appeal must be postmarked or electronically transmitted within 90 days of the date of the response to your request. If you submit your appeal by mail, both the letter and the envelope should be clearly marked “Freedom of Information Act Appeal.”

DEA US Badge
United States Drug Enforcement Administration DEA.gov is an official site of the U.S. Department of Justice