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How do I know what fees I should charge when processing a FOIA request?

The specific fee is determined by the type of requestor.  FOIA established three categories that agencies use to determine if fees will be charged:

  1. Commercial requesters may be charged fees for searching for records, reviewing the records, and photocopying them;
  2. News media, educational or noncommercial scientific institutions are charged for photocopying, after the first 100 pages;
  3. All other requesters (requesters who do not fall within either of the preceding two categories) are charged for photocopying after 100 pages and for time spent searching for records in excess of two hours.