Wisconsin Open Records Law Request Form

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Open Records Law Form



The Wisconsin Open Records Law allows the public to receive public records via the government. Records are defined as any document no matter the form that is being kept or was created by the agency. This is a template form for requesting public records in Wisconsin

Name of State Act:

Open Records Law

  • Exemptions:

    Investigative records, computer programs, trade secrets, public library circulation records

  • Response Time:


  • Restrictions


Frequently Asked Questions about

Wisconsin Open Records Law Request Form

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

Am I required to state the reason for my request?

No. A requester is not required to state the purpose of the request.

When can I expect a response to my request?

By law, open records must be provided “as soon as practicable and without delay.” A reasonable time for response to any specific request depends on the nature of the request, the staff and other resources available to the authority to process the request, the extent of the request, and related considerations. Although the public records law does not require a response within any specific time, average record requests are generally available within ten working days.

What is exempt from the Open Records Law?

There are numerous federal and state laws that exempt particular records from disclosure. Common exemptions include: Drafts, notes, preliminary documents and similar materials Purely personal property with no relation to the office Material with access limited due to copyright, patent or bequest Trade secrets Social security numbers Plans or specifications for state buildings Information obtained for law enforcement purposes, when required by federal law or regulation as a condition to receipt of state aids Computer programs (but the material input and the material produced as the product of a computer program is subject to the right of inspection and copying) Certain employee information Identities of certain applicants for public positions Identifies of law enforcement informants Attorney-client privilege Published material available for sale or at the library.

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