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West Virginia FOIA procedures
Each state varies slightly in the procedures used to gain access to public documents. This article serves to describe specifically the steps used in West Virginia. To read the history and details of West Virginia’s sunshine laws please see West Virginia Freedom of Information Act
How to request public records in West Virginia
Requests should be directed to the head of the agency in custody of the records.
Purpose and use
The law does not require a statement of purpose nor does it restrict the use of records that have been released to the public.
Who may request public records?
Anyone may request public records in West Virginia. "Every person has a right to inspect or copy any public record of a public body in this state."
- See also: How much do public records cost?
West Virginia law allows for the charging of fees to reimburse the department for the cost of making the records but does not specify what factors affect those fees.
- See also: Request response times by state
West Virginia law allows for 5 business days for records request responses.
- West Virginia Code, 29B-1-3
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