Verification of identity for first-party requesters:
Before granting access to personal information, an individual will provide reasonable verification of identity.
When an individual seeks access in person, identification can be verified by documents normally carried by the individual (such as identification card, driver's license, or other license, permit, or pass normally used for identification purposes). However, level of proof of identity is commensurate with the sensitivity of the records sought. For example, more proof is required to access medical records than is required to access parking records.
When requesting records in writing, the preferred method of verifying identity is the submission of a notarized signature. An alternative method of verifying identity for individuals who do not have access to notary services is the submission of an unsworn declaration in accordance with 28 U.S.C. 1746 in the following format:
If executed within the United States, its territories, possessions, or commonwealths:
"I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature) __________________ "
If executed outside of the United States:
"I declare under perjury or penalty under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature) _________________ ."
Telephonic requests will not be honored.