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North Dakota Open Records Statute Request Form

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North Dakota

Open Records Statute Request Form


The North Dakota Open Records Statute allows anyone to request public records with no statement of purpose requirement. On this page you will find a template for requesting public records in North Dakota in compliance with the Open Records Statute.

Name of State Act:

Open Records Statute

  • Exemptions:

    Juvenile records; trade secrets; public employee medical and assistance records; workers compensation; unemployment; tax information; law enforcement investigation records; and most Department of Human Services records

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  • Restrictions


Frequently Asked Questions about

North Dakota Open Records Statute Request Form

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

Who is subject to the Open Records and Meetings Laws? 

All “public entities.” This includes: 

• State agencies; 

• Political subdivisions; 

• Private organizations or non-profit organizations that are supported by public funds or are expending public funds; 

• Contractors—if the contractor is providing services in place of a public entity rather than simply providing services to that entity. 

What is a “record?” 

The definition of "record" includes all recorded information, regardless of physical form (paper, email, computer file, photographs, audiotape, or videotape) that has a connection with how public funds are spent or with the public entity's performance of its governmental functions. 

Can I find out why my request was denied? 

If a public entity denies a request for records, the entity must tell you what specific federal or state law makes the requested record confidential or closed to the public. If you ask for it, the entity must put the reason for the denial in writing.

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