Freedom of Information Act Request

If you are unable to find the information you are looking for online, you may wish to file a request for Department of State records.

Public Access Link (PAL) portal

Register to create an online profile and Request records online using the Public Access Link (PAL) portal.

Manual Submission Walkthrough

If you are mailing or faxing your request this step-by-step guide provides instructions and helpful information for submitting requests to the U.S. Department of State.

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Please do not make duplicate requests (filing electronically and manually) for the same information. Missing information and duplicate filing may result in delaying the processing of your request. If you have already submitted a request and wish to amend or correct it, please note that in your amended request.