How to Make a Request for Public Records in Massachusetts


Janet Massachussite
123 Citizen Lane
Blissville, MA 02111

State Agency X
123 Beurocracy Lane
Boston MA 02110


Re: Massachusetts Public Records Request

Dear Sir/Madam,
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.


Janet Massachussite


  1. Police reports are public records.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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