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U.S. Marshals Service

Freedom of Information/Privacy Act

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, USMS has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission as effectively and efficiently as possible while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of our staff. As a result, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your FOIA request or appeal. We will be able to acknowledge requests made electronically more quickly than by mail. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

How to File a FOIA Request:

You may file a FOIA request with the USMS electronically by clicking here

In the alternative, you may file a FOIA request with the USMS by mail. Please address your request to:

Office of General Counsel, CG-3, 15th Floor
Washington, DC 20530-0001

FOIA Library: Includes frequently requested records, opinions, policy statements, and staff manuals/instructions to staff, created by the United States Marshals Service after Nov. 1, 1996.

Component Description: United States Marshals serve as law enforcement agents of the Government and, in that capacity, also serve as officers of the Federal courts. The Service maintains files on individuals for whom Federal warrants have been issued; records on prisoners in the custody of the United States Marshals; background information and records related to threats to and the protection of Government witnesses, U.S. Attorneys and their assistants, Federal jurists and other court officials; records on process served and executed in Federal court proceedings; and records on seized and forfeited property and evidence. It also maintains various records pertaining to the administration of the Service, including official personnel files for its employees.

Department of Justice FOIA Regulations:
The rules that detail the Department of Justice’s procedures for implementing the FOIA and the Privacy Act.

DOJ Reference Guide: A comprehensive guide to the FOIA that serves as a handbook for obtaining information from the Department.

Historical Documents

For over 200 years now, U.S. Marshals and their Deputies have served as the instruments of civil authority used by all three branches of government. Marshals have been involved in most of the major historical episodes in America's past.  Requests for historical documents associated with major events in the U.S. Marshals service should be directed to the U.S. Marshals Service FOIA Portal. 

For Historical Records Assistance involving genealogical research, contact the Historian of the U.S. Marshals Service.  Each year, the Marshals Service receives 500-700 requests per year for historical or genealogical information. While we have approximately 30,000 names and references to personnel, there are names being constantly added to our official tally. This is due to the scattered source material available to document the enormous number of Posse Members, Guards, and Deputy U.S. Marshals over a 215-year period.  


FOIA Contact


Charlotte M. Luckstone
FOIA/PA Officer

Office of General Counsel, CG-3, 15th Floor
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Main: (703) 740-3943
Fax: (703) 740-3979

FOIA Public Liaison
(703) 740-3943

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