North Dakota 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 North Dakota. To read the history and details of North Dakota’s sunshine laws please see North Dakota Open Records Statute

How to request public records in North Dakota

Records requests need only be directed to the public agency in possession of the desired records.

Purpose and use

The act does not require a statement of purpose for records requests and places no restrictions on the use of records, once they have been released.

Who may request public records?

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

Anyone may request public documents in North Dakota.[1]


See also: How much do public records cost?

North Dakota statute allows for the charging of fees which include the cost of duplication, labor and use of equipment. Labor fees may be up to $25 an hour, not to include the first hour of labor and may include both search time, and the time it takes to separate exempt and non-exempt material.[2]

Response time

See also: Request response times by state

No response times are specified.

See also

External links


  1. North Dakota Century Code, 44-04-18
  2. North Dakota Statute 44.04, 18.2