An individual’s signature on a valid consent document is our legal authority for disclosing
a query or any other record information to a third party. We will release a query
to a third party to satisfy a request only if the consenting individual specifies
or describes in the consent document every type of information shown on the query
that he or she is asking us to release. If the consent document does not specify or
describe the type of information shown on the query, do not process the request. Return
the consent document to the requester with an explanation of why we cannot honor it.
An individual’s consent to disclose a query does not authorize the disclosure of information
about other persons on that particular query. We must redact information on other
persons on the record, prior to the disclosure. If we disclose a query to satisfy
a request, we must retain the consent document for a period of two years. For information
about retaining consent documents, see GN 03305.010.