What you should know about submitting a FOIA request before you submit.
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While we navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bureau’s FOIA team remains committed to transparency and responsiveness. To receive a faster response, please contact the Bureau’s FOIA team by email.
Update on access to U.S. mail, overnight mail, and fax services
The FOIA team currently has limited access to U.S. mail and overnight mail services and is no longer accepting fax communications. Limited access means that our responses to mail inquiries may be delayed.
Beginning July 20, 2020, the FOIA team has resumed its acceptance of FOIA requests by mail. If prior to that date, you submitted a FOIA request or appeal to the Bureau by U.S. mail, overnight mail services, or fax and have not received an acknowledgement of receipt by the Bureau, we recommend resubmitting or following up by email to confirm receipt.
Generally, any member of the public may submit a FOIA request concerning records maintained at the CFPB.
The goal is to respond within the timeframe outlined in the Freedom of Information Act, which is twenty working days or approximately one month, but this may vary with the complexity of the request. When the CFPB needs an extension of time to respond to your request it will notify you in writing and offer you the opportunity to modify or limit the scope of your request. Alternatively, you may agree to a different timetable for the processing of your request.
The CFPB will acknowledge the request and determine if it meets the necessary standards to conduct a search. The Bureau will then conduct a reasonable search for responsive records, conduct consultation (as applicable), and/or provide an interim or final response.
Contact the CFPB FOIA Public Liaison at (855) 444-FOIA (3642) or CFPB_FOIA@consumerfinance.gov.
There is no initial fee for making a FOIA request. However, the Freedom of Information Act authorizes the CFPB to charge fees to recover the costs associated with the processing of your request.
A request will be processed ahead of other requests in the applicable queue if there is a compelling need to deliver the requested information by a particular time.
Fees may be reduced or waived if the requester demonstrates that the disclosure of the requested records is in the public interest.
The requester is deemed a delinquent requester and the CFPB will not process any requests from that requester until the fees are paid in full. Delinquent fees are considered a government debt, therefore interest may accrue and collection measures may be taken.
An appeal may be submitted if the CFPB denies access to requested records in whole or in part; assigns the requester to a particular fee category; denies a fee reduction or waiver; produces no records; or determines a request does not merit expedited processing. Instructions for filing an appeal are included with the response to the request.
An appeal must be postmarked or submitted electronically to the CFPB within 90 calendar days of the date of the CFPB’s response or within 10 calendar days of an expedited processing denial. The CFPB Legal Division will provide a response to an appeal within 20 business days.
A request where an individual is seeking only records pertaining to him- or herself is a Privacy Act request, not a FOIA request. The CFPB uses the same process for submitting both Privacy Act requests and FOIA requests.
The CFPB requires a Privacy Act requester to verify their identity (e.g. driver’s license) or submit a third-party authorization in order to obtain records or information.
The CFPB maintains certain information about individuals in its system of records. If you believe any information maintained about you is inaccurate, irrelevant, untimely, or incomplete, you may request an amendment.
The Office of Government Information Services offers mediation services to resolve disputes between FOIA requesters and agencies.