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Submitting Privacy Act Requests

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

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The Privacy Act of 1974 allows an individual, upon request, to gain access to his/her record or any information pertaining to themselves, which is contained in a system of records. Please follow the instructions below to submit a Privacy Act request.

How do I submit a Privacy Act Request to TSA?

Privacy Act requests are handled by the TSA Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) office. Individuals seeking to submit a request under the Privacy Act should submit a request, in writing, to the FOIA/PA office:

By mail
Transportation Security Administration, TSA-20, East Tower
FOIA Division
601 South 12th Street
Arlington, VA 20598-6020

By fax
(571) 227-1406

By E-mail
FOIA@tsa.dhs.gov

Your Privacy Act request must contain the following information:

  • Your name, address and telephone number. If you have an email address, please provide it.
  • Clearly label the request as a Privacy Act request
  • Provide specific detailed information about the records you are seeking.
  • Indicate what format you would like the information requested to be provided to you in, if it is other than paper.
  • State your willingness to pay any fees and indicate how much you are willing to pay as advance authorization to process.
  • If you are mailing your request please prominently mark on the envelope "PrivacyAct Request."

Please Note: Requests must comply with DHS regulations at 6 CFR Chapter 1, Part 5.

How do I follow up on my request?

You should receive an acknowledgement letter soon after we received your request. This letter will contain a TSA tracking number for your request. If you contact us by phone or by mail please have this number available.

Latest revision: 04 February 2014