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Most states specify a time period within which a response to a public records request must be made by. This page gives the time period of each state. All time frames given are business days and exclude weekends, holidays, etc.

Response time generally refers to the time frame within which a public body must either provide the requested records, ask for an extension to gather the records, or deny the request.

In 15 states (Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming), there is no statutory time limit for public agencies to reply to open records requests. In 2008, Tennessee adopted a statutory time limit (seven days) for the first time.

The other 35 states specify a time within which public documents must either be furnished, denied, or an extension may be requested. Rhode Island gives the longest reply time (up to 30 days) and Mississippi requires the quickest turn-around of records (1 day if the agency does not have a written policy stating otherwise).

The mandatory response time under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act will be reduced on January 1, 2010 from seven days to five days.[1]

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Here is a list of request response times by state:

West Virginia Freedom of Information Act

5 days

West Virginia law allows for 5 business days for records request responses.[2]

Wisconsin Open Records Law


The Wisconsin law does not specify a time requirement for request responses. However, requests may be denied orally. If the person making the request desires a written denial, then he or she must make that known within 5 days.[1].

The Wisconsin Department of Justice has a official policy in place that requires the most basic open records requests to have a response within ten business days[2].

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