The rules that govern FOIA fees charged for requests submitted to FMCSA are contained in 49 CFR Part 7. These rules establish standard fees for the cost to search for, review and duplicate records that are requested from FMCSA under FOIA. The fees can be reduced or waived for certain categories of requests and under certain circumstances. These rules describe these categories of requesters and the criteria for a fee reduction or waiver. Link to http://www.dot.gov/foia/foiafees.html .
When the agency estimates that the search, review and duplication charges will likely exceed $25, the requester will be notified of the estimated amount of the fees, unless the requester has indicated in advance a willingness to pay fees as high as those anticipated.
The agency may require advance payment if the fees for a request are likely to exceed $250 or if the requester has failed to pay within 30 days of the billing date fees charged for a previous request to any part of the Department of Transportation.
If you have received a final determination from the Agency that assesses FOIA processing charges, then you may securely pay by credit card: