Maryland Public Information Act Request Form

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Public Information Act Form


The Maryland Public Information Act allows any person to request public records with no statement of purpose. Here is a template for requesting public records in Maryland in compliance with the Public Information Act.

Name of State Act:

Public Information Act

  • Exemptions:

    Information that invades individual privacy; trade secrets; public policy development memos; and investigative materials

  • Response Time:

    30 Business Days

  • Restrictions

    Use of criminal records for the solicitation of legal services

Frequently Asked Questions about

Maryland Public Information Act Request Form

We have curated some of the most commonly asked questions for you.

What is a public record?

A public record is defined as the original or copy of any documentary material in any form created or received by an agency in connection with the transaction of public business. Included in this definition are written materials, books, photographs, photocopies, firms, microfilms, records, tapes, computerized records, maps, drawings and other materials.

Do I have a right to obtain a record about me even if it is otherwise confidential under the PIA? 

In some cases, yes. The PIA grants a “person in interest” a right to access some records that are otherwise not available to the public under the PIA. A person in interest is usually the person who is the subject of the record.

How long will it take for an agency to respond to my request?

In many instances, an agency will be able to respond to your request immediately. In fact, for some frequently requested records, an agency may already have records available on its web site. (For example, the State Department of Assessments and Taxation makes property assessment information publicly available through its web site). Otherwise, an agency is normally expected to comply with a PIA request within 30 days, but there may be instances where an agency needs additional time to locate and review the requested records.

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