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Complaints Against the Government

Learn how to file a complaint to your federal or local government and its agencies.

File a Complaint About a Law Enforcement Officer or Judge

You can file complaints about misconduct by law enforcement officers and by judges.

Complaints About Police Officers

If you have experienced police misconduct:

  • Contact the law enforcement agency involved.
  • Submit your complaint in writing to the chief of police or the head of the law enforcement agency involved.
  • Send a copy of your complaint to the Internal Affairs Division of the law enforcement agency. Be sure to keep a copy for yourself.

If the problem remains unresolved, learn how to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Civil Rights Division.

Finally, as with any potential legal dispute, you may want to contact a licensed attorney.

Complaints Against Judges

Federal Judges

Learn how to file a complaint about a federal judge. You can report alleged misconduct or disability that interferes with their ability to perform their duties.

State and Local Judges

The rules for filing complaints about state and local judges vary by state.

To complain about a state judge, contact your state's commission on judicial conduct. It may be listed under state agencies on your state government web site

File a Complaint Against a Federal or State Government Agency

Learn how to file a complaint against a state or federal government agency.

Federal Government Agencies

To file a complaint against a federal agency:

State Government Agencies

To file a complaint against a state, local, or tribal agency, contact the agency. View state or territorial government websites.

More Help

You can also contact your congressional representative's constituent services office in your district:

File a Complaint with the U.S. Postal Service

Do you have a complaint, compliment, or suggestion for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS)? Maybe you’re looking for more information about USPS’s services. There are several ways to let them know:

  • Use the USPS website’s Email Us form. Select an inquiry type that most closely relates to the complaint or question that you have. On the website, you can also file a claim or request a refund for shipping.

  • Call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) or TTY: 1-800-877-8339.

  • Speak to the station manager (postmaster) at a local post office.

  • Write to the U.S.  Postal Service’s Consumer Advocate office at:

United States Postal Service

Office of the Consumer Advocate

475 L’ Enfant Plaza, SW

Washington, D.C. 20260-2200

Theft, Fraud, or Waste by the USPS or a USPS Employee

File a complaint with the USPS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) by:

Mail Fraud or Theft by a Person or Company

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is the federal law enforcement agency that protects the mail system. Contact them to report:

Comment or Complain About a Policy Change

To comment or complain about a major policy change, such as postage rates, contact the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). You can do so by using their online contact form.

Suing the Federal Government

To bring legal action against a federal agency, you must begin by contacting the agency directly. The agency will provide you with information and forms, and attempt to settle the problem in-house.  

If you decide to move forward with a lawsuit (tort claim), you should obtain a Standard Form 95 (SF-95) - Claim for Damage, Injury, or Death.

While you do not have to use a SF-95 form to file a claim, it is a convenient format for supplying the information necessary to process a claim. For more information about this process, contact the Tort Branch of the Department of Justice's (DOJ's) Civil Division

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Last Updated: March 19, 2021

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