The Freedom of Information Act is a law that enables you, as a member of the public, to request documents from the government. You will often hear the Freedom of Information Act referred to as FOIA for short.
On President Obama’s first day in office, he issued a memorandum directing government agencies to favor disclosure in response to FOIA requests “in order to renew their commitment to the principles embodied in FOIA, and to usher in a new era of open government.”
Processing time varies with the request’s complexity. However, the CFPB will make every attempt to provide a response within the timeframes outlined in the FOIA statute.
Submit a request
Follow the instructions and fill out a form to create a new request under either FOIA or the Privacy Act.
There is no initial fee for a request, but this guidance can help you determine what fees may apply to your request based on our costs in responding.
Learn more about the process, your rights, and what to expect.
FOIA reports, logs, and frequently requested records
View our published reports, logs, and frequently requested records.