Missouri FOIA procedures

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Each state varies slightly in the procedures used to gain access to public documents. This article serves to describe specifically the steps used in Missouri. To read the history and details of Missouri’s sunshine laws please see Missouri Sunshine Law

How to request public records in Missouri

Every public agency is required to nominate a records custodian who is to be responsible for records requests. They are also required to publish written procedures both naming the records custodians for the agency and the procedures for requesting records within that department.

Purpose and use

The law does not require a statement of purpose, nor does it place any restrictions on the use of records.

Who may request public records?

See also: List of who can make public record requests by state

Anyone may request public documents in Missouri.


See also: How much do public records cost?

Missouri law allows for charging of fees which include the cost of duplication, which is not to exceed $.10 per page as well as the cost of research and labor involved in duplication. Partial or whole waivers may be granted if the records are deemed to be in the public interest.[1]

Response time

See also: Request response times by state

Missouri law allows for three business days for the return of records requests. However, it does permit lengthening this but only with written notice by the custodian of the records.[1]

See also

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Missouri Sunshine Law 610.026.1.1