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Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) response efforts, the HQMC FOIA and Privacy Act office has been in a telework status since 16 March 2020. 

If you would like to submit a request, please do so electronically using FOIAonline (https://www.foiaonline.gov).  Select the 'Department of the Navy' option, then from the first dropdown select "Marine Corps", and from the second dropdown select the command to which you wish to submit your request (i.e., the command that would maintain the records you are seeking).

If you submitted a request through the U.S. Postal Service or via facsimile and have not received an acknowledgement, this means that we have not received it and will not until we resume normal operations.  Please re-submit your request following the process above.

We are continuing to process requests as expeditiously as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Each federal agency is responsible for meeting its FOIA responsibilities for its own records.  This site is designed to familiarize you with the specific procedures for making a request for records controlled by the U.S. Marine Corps

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 United States Code (USC) 552, allows an individual (regardless of nationality), a private organization or company, or a local, state, or foreign government to seek access to Executive Branch agency RECORDS, such as those held by the U.S. Marine Corps.

All agencies of the U.S. Government are required to disclose records upon receiving a written request, except those records that are protected from disclosure pursuant to nine exemptions and three exclusions.  The FOIA applies only to federal agencies and does not create a right of access to records held by Congress, the courts, or by state or local government agencies.  Any requests for state or local government records should be directed to the appropriate state or local government agency. 

As a component of the Department of the Navy, Secretary of the Navy Instruction 5720.42G, Department of the Navy Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Program (SECNAVINST 5720.42G), governs the Marine Corps FOIA program.  SECNAVINST 5720.42G is codified at 32 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 701.

If you require assistance with submitting a request or if you have questions regarding the status of a request, you may contact the Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps (HQMC), FOIA Requester Service Center.




*DO NOT INCLUDE PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION IN YOUR REQUEST* (If needed, you will be contacted by the FOIA Service Center processing your request.) If you are submitting a FOIA request from a U.S. Government computer, DO NOT select any CAC certificates when prompted.  Click on 'cancel'.

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For military service verification of a current or former U.S. Marine please call (800) 268-3710 (option 1)


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FOIA/PA Program Office (ARSF)

Telephone: (703) 614-4008
Fax: (703) 614-6287

Email:  hqmcfoia@usmc.mil
Please do not use this e-mail address for Privacy Act requests.
Do not send Personally Identifiable Information to this e-mail address.


Headquarters US Marine Corps
Attn:  FOIA/PA Section (ARSF) Rm 2B289
3000 Marine Corps Pentagon
Washington DC 20350-3000