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Oklahoma's Open Records Act, Title 51 Okla. State Section 24A.1. et seq., provides that the Oklahoma Constitution recognizes and guarantees that all political power is inherent in the people. Thus, it is the public policy of the State of Oklahoma that the people are vested with the inherent right to know and be fully informed about their government.
The purpose of the Open Records Act is to ensure and facilitate the public's right of access to and review of government records so they may efficiently and intelligently exercise their inherent political power. The privacy interests of individuals are adequately protected in the specific exceptions to the Oklahoma Open Records Act or in the statutes which authorize, create or require the records. With certain exceptions, records of Oklahoma County offices and departments are open to the public for inspection and copying subject to the payment of applicable fees for search and reproduction. Records which are not available to the public for confidentiality and privilege reasons include personnel and investigatory files, among others. For a complete copy of the open records act, you may contact the Oklahoma Attorney General office at 405-521-3921 or access it online by various public websites.
Open records requests may be made directly in person or otherwise to the applicable county office or department. In addition, for convenience, several county offices and departments will accept open records requests online via this Oklahoma County website. Participating offices and departments and their designated representatives for such requests are listed below:
No specific format is required for a valid open records request. However, the Oklahoma County Clerk has prepared and provided below to the public the attached form for requests made via this website.
For information regarding Open Records, contact one of the following:
320 Robert S. Kerr Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73102