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I have never needed an attorney and have made at least 10 requests over the years. Once the agency finds the records, they have told me what the cost is to print and send me the record.
Dear Ms. Daviss-Mitchell,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
For general information about FOIA requests government-wide, see https://www.foia.gov/. If there is a specific agency you wish to submit a FOIA request for, it should have a FOIA page somewhere on its website to explain the procedures for requesting records under FOIA from that particular agency.
Speaking broadly, there is no fee to file a FOIA request. By law, however, an agency is allowed to charge certain fees for processing a request. Each federal agency has its own FOIA fee schedules. Many agencies charge a search fee to look for the records, and a reproduction fee for making copies of the records.
Also, it is not required to have an attorney to file a request under the Freedom of Information Act. You do have the right to challenge the response to a FOIA request through a lawsuit in a federal court, in which case an attorney would be recommended. However, the vast majority of FOIA requests are resolved through the standard FOIA procedures and administrative appeals processes that each agency has, without needing to involve courts and attorneys.
For information about filing FOIA requests with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) see the FOIA Reference Guide (2018). Fees are addressed under the heading VII. Fees. Operational records are records created by NARA in the course of our agency operations. Archival records are records created by other agencies that are legally transferred to NARA after a set period of time according to the relevant record schedules.
Please note that the majority of archival records in NARA custody are open to the public without needing to request them under FOIA. If there are particular archival records you are searching for, we suggest that you first post a request here on History Hub or privately using NARA’s Contact Us form for information about the records, to include and whether or not there are any access restrictions. Also, if you locate records in the National Archives Catalog which you would like to access, the Catalog description should list any access restrictions as well as providing an email address for the specific reference unit to contact for questions relating to those records.
We hope this information is helpful.
Yes Thank you!