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Request Records
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Public Records Act
Washington Administrative Code


How Do I Request Records?


You have a right to ask for records/documents from OAH.  The Public Records Act governs how this happens. We have a responsibility to provide those records to you in a timely manner.




How long will it take to answer my request? 


Within 5 business days of your request, OAH will respond to you.  We will provide you with the records or give you an estimate of when you will receive them.  


What is the cost?


Per RCW 42.56.120, Washington agencies may charge fees to recover the costs of making and providing copies of records when fulfilling requests.  There is no charge for inspecting public records (instead of receiving copies).


Effective January 20, 2018, OAH will charge the following costs and fees for public records requests.  Note that more than one type of charge may apply to each request.  A deposit of 10% of the estimated cost to fulfill a request may be required before beginning to copy records.


OAH accepts checks or money orders made payable to “OAH”.  See below for mailing address and contact information.


Description Cost
Photocopy of paper records, or printed (paper) copies of electronic records (applies if requester asks for paper copies) $0.15 per page
Electronic copy of scanned paper records (applies if paper copies must be scanned in order to produce in electronic format) $0.10 per page
Files and attachments loaded and delivered in a digital format (i.e. CD or email) $0.05 for each 4 electronic files or attachments
Files and attachments loaded and delivered in a digital format (i.e. CD or email) $0.10 per gigabyte
For records that are copied to a CD (includes CD and protector sleeve) $0.23 per disc
6” x 9” Shipper (envelope for sending CDs) $0.10 per envelope
Other container or envelope used to mail paper or other types of copies Actual cost – Amount dependent on size of container or envelope
For records delivered by U.S. Postal Service Actual cost – Amount dependent on weight & USPS or other delivery service rates
Records sent to an outside vendor due to their unusual size or format, or other factors making copying by office unfeasible.  Mailing/delivery and container costs also apply. Cost varies - Actual cost (based upon vendor cost to office)
Data compilations prepared or accessed as a customized service.  Cost is in addition to above fees for copies, including mailing/delivery and container costs.  RCW 42.56.120(3) Cost varies - Actual cost (based upon request)


Contact Information


OAH Public Records Officer
PO Box 42488
Olympia, WA  98504-2488
Phone:  360-407-2700
Fax:  360-664-8721



Additional Information

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