Most records maintained by public entities are open for inspection and/or copying by individuals. Commonly requested records include:
The Kansas Open Records Act recognizes that some records contain information which is private in nature. For this reason, the Act lists a number of exceptions. Records which are closed for this reason may include:
How to Request a Record
Check with the records custodian or local Freedom of Information Officer to determine whether the information that you need is available. Please remember to be courteous and specific when requesting information so that the custodian will be able to serve you better.
You may be asked to submit your request for information in writing. The records custodian may have a prepared form for the purpose. Make sure your request is as specific as possible so that your request may be filled quickly and completely. The records custodian may ask detailed questions in order to fulfill your request accurately.
Most records will be produced within three business days from the time the request is received. If the request is denied, you will receive a written explanation for the delay or denial.
If you have any questions about your request, contact your local Freedom of Information Officer.
The Kansas Open Records Act authorizes public agencies to charge fees for providing access to or furnishing copies of public records. This fee may be requested in advance and may include:
Why Would My Request be Denied?
Although every attempt will be made to provide the information requested, it is not always possible to fulfill the request. There are a number of reasons that a request may be denied:
The Kansas Open Records Act governs most records maintained by cities, counties, school districts, state agencies, and other public entities.
For a complete copy of the Kansas Open Records Act, contact your local Freedom of Information Officer or go to www.ink.org/public/legislative, then click on the "Kansas Statutes" icon. The Kansas Open Records Act starts at K.S.A. 45-215.