SAMPLE MASSACHUSETTS PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST LETTER:
123 Citizen Lane
Blissville, MA 02111
State Agency X
123 Beurocracy Lane
Boston MA 02110
Re: Massachusetts Public Records Request
This is a request under the Massachusetts Public Records Law (M. G. L. Chapter 66, Section 10). I am requesting that I be provided a copy of the following records:
[Provide a detailed description of the information you are seeking.]
[Optional: I recognize that you may charge reasonable costs for copies, as well as for personnel time needed to comply with this request. If you expect costs to exceed $10.00, please provide a detailed fee estimate.]
As you may be aware, the Public Records Law requires you to provide me with a written response within 10 calendar days. If you cannot comply with my request, you are statutorily required to provide an explanation in writing.
- Police reports are public records.
- If you do not receive a satisfactory response within a reasonable time period, you have the right to appeal to the Supervisor of Records: Appealing a Denial of Access to Public Records in Massachusetts.
- For additional information about making a request or filing an appeal, call the MA Secretary of State’s Office at (617) 727-2832 or read: A Guide to the Massachusetts Public Records Law.