United States Marine Corps Freedom of Information Act

On September 30, 2023, our web-based FOIA/PA portal ( was decomissioned and can  no longer be used.  Its replacement, SecureRelease, is operational and available to the public as of Friday, December 15, 2023.

If you would like to submit a FOIA/PA request, please do so online via the new portal at  This is the fastest and most reliable way to send us your request, and it ensures that all requests are properly and accurately tracked from the date/time of submission. 

To help the Marine Corps respond to your request as quickly as possible, please submit it to the correct agency after reviewing the information below. 


For MCB Camp Lejeune housing records – Please submit your request directly to MCI-East under Marine Corps Installations Command.


For your own Official Military Personnel File – 

Retired/Discharged/Separated before 1999:

Retired/Discharged/Separated after 1999:  smb.manpower.mmrp-10@usmc.m

For the OMPF of Marine Corps Veterans who were retired, discharged, or deceased before 1999—

National Archives and Records Administration:


For your own medical record (the Marine Corps does not maintain medical records) -

Retired/Discharged/Separated before May 1, 1994:

Retired/Discharged/Separated between May 1, 1994, and December 31, 2013:

Retired/Discharged/Separated on or after January 1, 2014:                   


For awards verification and replacement requests–

For USMC firearms histories:  Please submit your request directly to the Marine Corps Logistics Command.


For background checks:


For Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) records:  Please submit your request to the United States Navy via the SecureRelease portal. 


For other non-HQMC records (including PMO reports, traffic accident reports, command investigations, FAP, etc.), submit your request directly to the command that would have custody of them, if you know.  For command points of contact (names, email addresses and phone numbers), please see the list attached.

IMPORTANT:  When submitting your request, be sure to provide:

  • Your full name.
  • Contact information (address, email, and/or phone number).
  • A complete and specific description of the Marine Corps records you are looking for.
  • The amount you are willing to pay.
  • If applicable, your request for a fee waiver or expedited processing with a full explanation of the basis.




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.






Please contact M&RA for further assistance

*If you are looking for housing records from Camp Lejeune contact MCIEAST FOIA office directly at

FOIA/PA Programs Office (ARSF)

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

Please do not use this e-mail address for Privacy Act requests
Do not send Personally Identifiable Information to this e-mail address

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


Headquarters Marine Corps