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Public Records Access

Records are a crucial component of the governing process.  Like other important government resources, records and the information they contain must be well managed to ensure accountability, efficiency, economy, and overall good government.
 
The Ohio Public Records Act provides:
 
“To facilitate broader access to public records, a public office or person responsible for public records shall organize and maintain public records in a manner that they can be made available for inspection or copying in accordance with division (B) of this section.  A public office also shall have available a copy of its current records retention schedule at a location readily available to the public.” Ohio Rev. Code § 149.43(B)(2)
 
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office strives for openness and transparency, and values its responsibilities under the Ohio Public Records Act to maintain its records in an organized and efficient manner.
 
In the webpages accessible on the left side of your screen, you will find the various retention schedules for records maintained by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.  For the most part, these retention schedules are organized by service division within the Office and apply only to the records kept by the respective service division.  However, some schedules are organized by record type and may apply to records kept by any service division of the office (see the General Schedules webpage for more information).
 
Finally, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office's Public Records Request Policy contains the Office's procedures for responding to requests for public records.  Below is a link to the current version of this policy, which should provide you with more information on how public records requests are generally handled by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office:
 

If you have any questions about our office’s records retention schedules, or in the event you would like to submit a public records request to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, please feel free to Contact Us.