Requesting public records

How do I request public records?

  1. Complete the appropriate public disclosure request form. If you aren’t sure which form to use, we recommend using the Public Record Request.
  2. Be specific when describing the records you want. For example, a request for "records about business licensing" is too vague to enable us to search for and produce a specific public record. If necessary, we can help you complete your records request with enough detail to enable us to conduct a records search.
  3. Mail the completed request form to the address on the form, along with a check or money order for any required fees (payable to “Department of Licensing”).

How long will it take?

We will acknowledge your request within 5 business days. When we acknowledge your request, we may ask additional questions to understand exactly what you need and give an estimate of the time we need to search for and produce the records.

Can my request be denied?

We carefully evaluate requests for public records to determine if we can legally release the records for the reasons given. If we must deny your request, we will send you an explanation why the request was denied and list the specific law that exempts the records from disclosure.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

For more information about filing a public records request, contact:

Department of Licensing
Attn: Public Records Officer
PO Box 2957
Olympia, WA 98507-2957
Email: FARecordsPublic@dol.wa.gov

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