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How To File An Open Records Request

February 20, 2014
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Filing an open records request in Georgia is a simple process that has become even more accessible due to recent legislation. Georgia’s updated sunshine laws bring transparency to government records such as meeting minutes, photographs, books, maps and an assortment of files.

To file an open records request, you can write a request yourself and mail it in or call the number of the state agency you want to contact. If you want to request open records from a federal agency, you can fill out a web form request. The custodian of the agency will have three business days to determine if the document you request is lawful for public inspection.

If the public record you request doesn't violate any federal privacy laws, you can access the documents you need for a minimal price. The law requires agencies to make your document experience as affordable as possible.

For more details on how the open records process works, visit the New Georgia Encyclopedia or the Attorney General of Georgia's website.


About the Author

A Georgia native, Rachael Wheeler works as a Web Support Specialist for GeorgiaGov. She writes about a variety of current topics relevant to the Georgia government.