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important notice

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) response efforts, the HQMC FOIA and Privacy Act office has been in a telework status since 16 March 2020. 

If you would like to submit a request, please do so electronically using FOIAonline (  Select the 'Department of the Navy' option, then from the first dropdown select "Marine Corps", and from the second dropdown select the command to which you wish to submit your request (i.e., the command that would maintain the records you are seeking).

If you submitted a request through the U.S. Postal Service and have not received an acknowledgement, this means that we have not received it and will not until we resume normal operations.  Please re-submit your request following the process above.

We are continuing to process requests as expeditiously as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


MCINCR-MCB Quantico FOIA Information

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was signed into law in 1966. The FOIA provides individuals with a statutory right of access to certain federal agency records. The FOIA requires agencies to disclose requested records unless they are protected from public disclosure by the FOIA. Congress included in the FOIA nine
exemptions and three law enforcement exclusions to protect important interests such as national security, personal privacy, privileged communications, and law enforcement                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MCINCR-MCB QUANTICO FOIA REQUESTER SERVICE CENTER
is a location where a FOIA requester has already submitted a FOIA request to one of the components serviced by MCINCR-MCB QUANTICO FOIA REQUESTER SERVICE CENTER to inquire about the component's processing of his/her FOIA request or to register a complaint about the component's processing.

USMC FOIA PUBLIC LIAISON is a location where a FOIA requester is dissatisfied with the FOIA REQUESTER SERVICE CENTER's assistance, he/she may then elevate his/her issue up to the USMC FOIA PUBLIC LIAISON.

MCINCR-MCB QUANTICO FOIA OFFICE is a location where a FOIA requester would submit a request dealing with MCINCR-MCB Quantico issues. MCINCR-MCB QUANTICO FOIA OFFICE is also responsible for Partial and Full denials within MCINCR-MCB Quantico's area of responsibility.


Submit FOIA Request

To Submit a Request on FOIA Online please use the below link

FOIA online Website

1-Create an account

2-Log on as Guest (then make Agency Selection as follows)

3-Agency :  Department of the Navy - including Marine Corps

     Sub Agency:  United States Marine Corps

     Sub Agency:  MCINCR-MCBQ

     Sub Agency:  Marine Corps Base Quantico

Commands under MCINCR-MCB Quantico FOIA Responsibility

H&S Battalion

Security Battalion




Regional Contracting Office

Fire and Rescue Department

Archives & Special Records Branch

History Division

HQ Service Battalion


EEO Office (Civilian and Military)



Training Command

Child Development Center



The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a Federal law that establishes the public’s right to request existing records from Federal government agencies.



Any “person” can file a FOIA request, including U.S. citizens, foreign nationals, organizations, universities, businesses, and state and local governments.



The FOIA does not require Federal Agencies to answer questions, render opinions, or provide subjective evaluations. Requesters must ask for existing records.



Ensure that somewhere on your request it states that it is a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Ensure that the request is signed by the person the request is concerning. In some cases the requestor may be 3rd party, ie: insurance agency, ensure that the person in whom the request is regarding signs the request.

Describe the specific records you are requesting in enough detail so that they can be located with a reasonable amount of effort. Generally, a record is reasonably described when the description contains sufficient file-related information (type of document, title, subject area, date of creating, originator, etc.); or the request contains enough event-related information (date of circumstances surrounding the event the record covers) to permit the conduct of an organized, non-random search.

Because most Marine Corps records are not retained permanently, the more information provided, the better opportunity there is to determine if the records would still exist and where. The FOIA clearly states that records must exist at the time the request is submitted to be considered.

Ensure you state your willingness to pay all fees or those up to a specified amount or provide a justification to support a fee waiver. Agreements to pay fees are considered to be up to $250.00, unless another amount is specified. Currently we charge search, review (for commercial requestors only), and duplicated costs. (The fee schedule is provided at enclosure (3) of Secretary of the Navy Instruction 5720.42F.) If you seek a fee waiver, provide a justification for such a waiver.

Ensure a complete postal service mailing address is provided on the request in which a response to a FOIA request can be received at.

Ensure the FOIA request has been signed by the requestor.


Filing an Official Complaint

FOIA requesters who have questions concerning the processing of their requests by any USMC component within our listed Area of Responsibility should contact this Center at (703) 784-2153. If you are not satisfied with the response received from this Center, you may contact the U.S. Marine Corps FOIA Public Liaison by telephone at (703) 614-4008 or by e-mail at



contact us

Office Phone: 703-784-2153

Mailing Address

ATTN: (B 013 / Suite 204 - FOIA)
3250 Catlin Avenue
Quantico, VA 22134-5001


Marine Corps Base Quantico