State Sample FOIA Request Letters

Submitting an open records request to a state, county or local government is not difficult.  However, a complete, well-written letter or email submitted to the right agency may increase your chances of getting a satisfactory response and avoiding delays or the need for further correspondence. 

Most states’ FOI laws require that public records requests be made in writing. Even if your state does not, it is often a good idea to make a written request so that you have documentary evidence that the request was made.

Click the appropriate link below to find a sample letter template that you can use for preparing and submitting your open records request under your state’s public disclosure laws.

If you wish to submit an open records or FOIA request to the federal government versus a state, county or local government, see these examples of Federal sample FOIA request letters.

Sample State Letters for FOI and Public Records Requests

Alabama Sample FOIA Request

 

Alaska Sample FOIA Request

 

Arizona Sample FOIA Request

 

Arkansas Sample FOIA Request

 

California Sample FOIA Request

 

Colorado Sample FOIA Request

 

Connecticut Sample FOIA Request

 

Delaware Sample FOIA Request

 

Florida Sample FOIA Request

 

Georgia Sample FOIA Request

 

Hawaii Sample FOIA Request

 

Idaho Sample FOIA Request

 

Illinois Sample FOIA Request

 

Indiana Sample FOIA Request

 

Iowa Sample FOIA Request

 

Kansas Sample FOIA Request

 

Kentucky Sample FOIA Request

 

Louisiana Sample FOIA Request

 

Maine Sample FOIA Request

 

Maryland Sample FOIA Request

 

Massachusetts Sample FOIA Request

 

Michigan Sample FOIA Request

 

Minnesota Sample FOIA Request

 

Mississippi Sample FOIA Request

 

Missouri Sample FOIA Request

 

Montana Sample FOIA Request

 

Nebraska Sample FOIA Request

 

Nevada Sample FOIA Request

 

New Hampshire Sample FOIA Request

 

New Jersey Sample FOIA Request

 

New Mexico Sample FOIA Request

 

New York Sample FOIA Request

 

North Carolina Sample FOIA Request

 

North Dakota Sample FOIA Request

 

Ohio Sample FOIA Request

 

Oklahoma Sample FOIA Request

 

Oregon Sample FOIA Request

 

Pennsylvania Sample FOIA Request

 

Rhode Island Sample FOIA Request

 

South Carolina Sample FOIA Request

 

South Dakota Sample FOIA Request

 

Tennessee Sample FOIA Request

 

Texas Sample FOIA Request

 

Utah Sample FOIA Request

 

Vermont Sample FOIA Request

 

Virginia Sample FOIA Request

 

Washington Sample FOIA Request

 

West Virginia Sample FOIA Request

 

Wisconsin Sample FOIA Request

 

Wyoming Sample FOIA Request