FOIA Requests

​​​​​​​​​​What is FOIA​

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​The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that enables members of the public to request documents from the government.

For more information about FOIA, See the FOIA.gov website.

​Submitting a FOIA Request

You may submit a FOIA request by:

  1. making an online Request,
  2. via fax to (240) 752-6257, or
  3. via postal mail to:

    National Transportation Safety Board​
    Attention: FOIA Requester Service Center, CIO-40
    490 L'Enfant Plaza, S.W.
    Washington, DC 20594-2000

Before making a FOIA request, however, you should search the NTSB website to verify that the information they seek is not publicly available.

When you submit a FOIA request, you need to reasonably describe the records sought so that the agency is able to determine precisely what records are being requested. This means that a request must be specific enough to permit a professional employee of the agency who is familiar with the subject matter to locate the record in a reasonable period of time. You should make requests as specific as possible. If a particular document is required, it should be specifically identified, preferably by date and title. However, if you cannot identify a specific record, you should clearly explain your needs.

FOIA Library

The FOIA Reading Room ​provides responses to FOIA Frequently Requested information, manuals and reports. In addition, for more information:

FOIA Exemptions

Certain records retained by the NTSB may fall under exemptions to the FOIA​. The NTSB may deny a request, in whole or in part,​ based on these exemptions.

FOIA Fee Schedule

​There is no initial fee for you to make a FOIA request. However, the Freedom of Information Act authorizes the NTSB to charge you fees to recover the direct costs of providing records to you. See the complete FOIA fees listing for more information.