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Making a Request for Records
You may submit a public records request available under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), located at § 2.2-3700 et. seq. of the Code of Virginia, via U.S. Mail, email, or phone by using the contact information to the right.

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For more information about Virginia's Freedom of Information rights, requirements, and exemptions, please visit the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council.
  • You must provide your name and legal address.
  • Your request must identify the records you are seeking with "reasonable specificity." It does not refer to or limit the volume or number of records that you are requesting. It requires that you be specific enough so that the department can identify and locate the records you are seeking.
  • Your request must ask for records or documents. FOIA gives you a right to inspect or copy records; it does not apply to a situation where you are asking general questions about the work of the department.
  • Sometimes questions about a request arise; please cooperate in clarifying the type of records you are seeking, or attempt to reach a reasonable agreement about a response to a large request. This is not meant to be an adversarial process but sometimes a request must be discussed in order to ensure the department understands what records you are seeking.

Withholding Records

The Code of Virginia allows any public body to withhold certain records from public disclosure. Records are commonly withheld due to the following exemptions:
  • Personnel records (§ 2.2-3705.1 (1) of the Code of Virginia).
  • Records subject to attorney-client privilege (§ 2.2-3705.1 (2)) or attorney work product (§ 2.2-3705.1 (3)).
  • Tests or examinations used, administered or prepared for purposes of evaluation of any employee or employment seeker’s qualifications or aptitude for employment, retention, or promotion, or qualifications for any license or certificate (§ 2.2-3705.1 (4)).
  • Plans and information to prevent or respond to terrorist activity, the disclosure of which would jeopardize the safety of any person (§ 2.2-3705.2 (4)).
  • Complaints, memoranda, correspondence and evidence relating to a criminal investigation or prosecution, other than criminal incident information (§ 2.2-3706 (F) (1)).


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