Unlike the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Idaho’s own Public Records Act makes it very easy for citizens to request copies of government records. Our state law requires government agencies at all levels to respond to requests quickly. The law also assumes that all public records, unless expressly exempted by law, are disclosable. The Office of the Attorney General publishes an informative guide to help citizens request public information.
Idaho Public Records Law Manual
Public Records Request Dashboard
IDL's Public Records Request Policy
Frequently Asked Questions
Submit Your Request
To submit a public records request, complete this form. Be specific about the document(s) you are requesting. After submitting your request, the screen will display verification that your request has been sent.
Include only one public records request per form submission. IDL can only fulfill requests for which it is the custodian of the records.
Idaho State Code exempts certain documents from public disclosure. If the record you request is exempt from disclosure you will be notified. USING ANY LIST AS A MAILING LIST OR TELEPHONE LIST IS PROHIBITED BY IDAHO CODE §74-120 AND PUNISHABLE BY A CIVIL PENALTY UP TO $1,000.
- No charge for the first 100 copies
- No charge for the first 2 hours of research/labor time
- Fees will not be charged unless the total exceeds $40.00
|Paper copies or scans||$0.10 per page|
|Paper copies nonstandard size||Actual cost – varies depending on size|
|Labor, research, and evaluation time||Bureau staff per hour pay rate|
|Labor, electronic file search||IT staff per hour pay rate|
|Labor, administrative time||Administrative staff per hour pay rate|
|Labor, redactions, and attorney-client privileged review||Deputy Attorney General staff per hour pay rate|