Request for Access to Official Documents

The Freedom of Information Act, 1999 was created to extend the right of members of the public to access to information in the possession of public authorities by –


(a) making available to the public information about the operations of public authorities and, in particular, ensuring that the authorisations, policies, rules and practices affecting members of the public in their dealings with public authorities are readily available to persons affected by those authorisations policies, rules and practices; and

(b) creating a general right of access to information in documentary form in the possession of public authorities limited only by exceptions and exemptions necessary for the protection of essential public interests and the private and business affairs of persons in respect of whom information is collected and held by public authorities.

To request access to an official document, please fill out and submit the Freedom of Information Request for Access to Official Document(s) form if you would like to see an official document held by a public authority. You may only apply for access to documents that are not already in the public domain (readily available to members of the public). You can copy the form from the last page of the Act, or ask for one from any public authority.

FOI Request Form

Upon completion, the form can be mailed or hand delivered to The Designated Officer of Freedom of Information Requests at:

Research Unit

Temple Court 1

Ministry of National Security

31-33 Abercromby Street

Port of Spain

Tel: 623-2441-5, Ext. 12374/ 12375/ 12381

To read or download a copy of the Freedom of Information Act, 1999 or for further information about the Act, please visit