Access to Public Records

The Office of the Governor has established the following procedures regarding inspection and copying of public records under R.I. General Laws ยง 38-2-1 et seq., commonly known as the Access to Public Records Act.

  • A request can be made by telephone, letter, fax or email. You can also submit your request using the Public Records Request Form.

  • The Access to Public Records Act allows ten (10) business days within which to respond to a public records request. This time period can be extended to twenty (20) business days if the voluminous nature of the request, the number of requests for records pending, or the difficulty in searching for, and retrieving or copying the requested records is such that additional time is necessary.

  • Any denial of the right to inspect or copy records, in whole or in part, will be made to you in writing, and will include the reason(s) for the denial and the procedures for appealing the denial.

  • The cost per copied page is fifteen cents ($0.15). The hourly cost for a search and/or retrieval is fifteen dollars ($15.00) per hour. There is no charge for the first hour of a search and/or retrieval.

  • The text of the Access to Public Records Act is available online.

  • If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Legal Counsel at :
    40 Howard Ave
    Cranston, RI 02920
    Phone: (401) 462-2622
    Fax: (401) 462-2583
    Email: doc.legal@doc.ri.gov