How to File a Privacy Act Request

Privacy Act Request

The Privacy Act allows U.S. citizens and lawfully admitted aliens to request information on themselves or another living person.

In an effort to continually improve interaction with the public, the CIA is modernizing its process for intake and processing of access requests under the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C § 552a, as amended, to include the establishment of a digital mechanism for completing, authenticating, and submitting request forms. We are striving to complete new measures by November 2021, in accordance with the Creating Advanced Streamlined Electronic Services for Constituents Act of 2019 ("CASES Act"). We will continue to process paper-based Privacy Act requests, while simultaneously conducting modernization efforts, and we appreciate your patience as we work toward compliance with these statutory requirements. For additional information on the CASES Act please see

If you are requesting information about yourself, please follow the directions for either of the options below and mail or fax your request to (email requests are not accepted at this time):

Central Intelligence Agency

Information and Privacy Coordinator

Washington, DC 20505

Fax: (703) 613-3007

Option 1:

Use the Privacy Act Certification of Identity Form. You may submit an attachment listing additional information that may aid in locating responsive records. Mail or fax this form to the address above.

Option 2:

Following the form in Privacy Act Certification of Identity Form, submit a letter to the CIA specifying that you wish to receive a copy of records indexed to your name and include the following information:

- Your full name

- Address

- Date of birth

- Place of birth

- Citizenship status   If you are a naturalized US citizen or a Legal Permanent Resident (LPR), we require your naturalization or LPR number and the date that status was acquired.

- Please sign and date your request, and have it notarized or state, “Under penalty of perjury, I hereby declare that I am the person named above and I understand that any falsification of this statement is punishable under the provisions of Title 18, United States Code (U.S.C.), Section 1001 by a fine of not more than $10,000 or by imprisonment of not more than five years, or both; and that requesting or obtaining any record(s) under false pretenses is punishable under the provisions of Title 5, U.S.C., Section 552a(i)(3) as a misdemeanor and by a fine of not more than $5,000.”

- Mail or fax this letter to the address above.