FOIA Requests

Virginia Freedom of Information Act

The Virginia Freedom of Information Act, Section 2.2-3700 et seq. of the Code of Virginia, ensures that Virginia residents and members of the media have access to records in the custody of public bodies, public officials and public employees.

A public record is defined as any writing or recording, regardless of whether it is a paper record, an electronic file, an audio or video recording, or any other format of a record, that is prepared, owned by, or in the possession of a public body or its officers, employees or agents in the transaction of public business. All public records are presumed to be open, however, some may be withheld if specific statutory exemptions or exclusions apply.

Your Rights and Responsibilities

Citizens of Virginia and members of the media have the right to request and inspect, or request and receive copies of, public records, and additional, related rights established by the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. VRA must respond to your request within a set period of time and maintain other responsibilities in accordance with the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. Learn more details about your rights and VRA’s responsibilities.

Freedom of Information Act Requests

To request records from VRA, you may email your request to In addition, the Freedom of Information Advisory Council is available to answer any questions you may have about FOIA. Please visit the Council’s website or contact them by phone at (804) 225-3056 or [toll free] 1-866-448-4100 for additional support.

Report Fraud, Waste, or Abuse

To report fraud, waste, or abuse, please use the State Fraud, Waste and Abuse hotline provided by the Office of the State Inspector General (OSIG). Additional information may be found on the OSIG website.