The Massachusetts Public Records Act allows anyone to request public records with no statement of purpose. There are no restrictions on the use of records. Here is a template for requesting public records in Massachusetts in compliance with the Public Records Act.
Name of State Act:
Public Records Act
Information that would invade individual privacy; trade secrets; public policy development memos; and investigative materials.
10 Business Days
We have curated some of the most commonly asked questions for you.
What types of records or documents may I request?
Every record made or received by the Department is presumed to be a public record. Note, however, that there are exemptions listed in the Massachusetts General Laws, chapter 4, §7.
How much does it cost to request public records?
By law, the Department may charge 20 cents per page for photocopies and 50 cents per page for computer printouts. The Department may also charge you for the time it takes to search for records, remove any exempt data, photocopy the record, and refile it. The Department may waive the fee at its discretion. If the cost of producing the record will exceed $10, the Department will send you a written estimate of the cost. All fees must be pre-paid before the Department will forward the requested record. G.L. c. 66, §10; 950 CMR 32.06.
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