Missouri Sunshine Law Request Form

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Sunshine Law Form



The Missouri Sunshine Law deems certain material open to the public, including meetings, records, votes, actions and deliberations of the public government. Any citizen is able to obtain these records. This is a template for requesting public information in Missouri in accordance with the Missouri Sunshine Law.

Name of State Act:

Sunshine Law

  • Exemptions:

    Legal actions, leasing, purhcase/sale of real estate, personnel matters, state militia, testing materials, negotiations with employees, sealed bids

  • Response Time:

    3 Business Days

  • Restrictions


Frequently Asked Questions about

Missouri Sunshine Law Request Form

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

How much can a public governmental body charge for records requests?

Section 610.026.1(1), RSMo, allows a public governmental body to charge up to 10 cents per page for standard paper copies, the average hourly rate of pay for clerical staff to duplicate documents, and the actual cost of the research time for fulfilling the request. This provision also requires that the public governmental body use the lowest salaried employees capable of searching, researching, and copying the records. Fees for accessing records on other media, or non-standard paper copies, shall reflect actual cost involved. The requestor may wish to ask for a breakdown of the costs associated with the request to determine how the public governmental body arrived at the final charge.

I was told my request would be ready in 2 weeks. Doesn’t the Sunshine Law say they have to give me the records in 3 days?

Section 610.023.3, RSMo, requires that each request be responded to as soon as possible, but no later than the end of the third business day following the custodian of records’ receipt of the request. If access is not granted immediately, the custodian of records is required to explain the reason for the delay and the earliest date and time that the records will be available. Therefore, public governmental bodies are allowed to exceed the three days for production, but they are required to notify you of the delay and explain when they anticipate the records will be ready.

Are criminal records related to a case with a suspended imposition of sentence open or closed records?

If an individual receives a suspended imposition of sentence (SIS), the records are open during the period of probation. Once the individual successfully completes the period of probation, the records are then closed. Section 610.105, RSMo.

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