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Public Record Access Overview

Every person has the right to examine and copy a public record, and to publish or otherwise disseminate the information it contains. Unless the law says otherwise, the right to examine should be without charge if the public record is within the physical possession of the custodian. However, the custodian may set reasonable fees to cover the cost of copying and other associated expenses, not exceeding the custodian’s actual cost incurred. Copy requests can be made in person, by phone, in writing, or by electronic means. All examination and copying is expected to be done under the supervision of the lawful custodian of the records, during normal business hours.

Getting Records

Iowa open records law does not require an individual to disclose the purpose for which they wish to access the public records. However, it is wise to have an answer ready for why you wish to access the records in order to maintain a good relationship with your government officials.
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