Texas

Texas Public Information Act Request Form

Template Details

Texas

Public Information Act Request Form

texas.gov

Overview:

In Texas, FOIA is implemented as the Texas Public Information Act. Any person in Texas can request public information without a statement of purpose. This is a template form for requesting public records in Texas in accordance with the Texas Public Information Act.

Name of State Act:

Public Information Act

  • Exemptions:

    Personnel records, pending litigation, competitive bids, trade secrets, real estate deals, attorney-client communication

  • Response Time:

    10 Business Days

  • Restrictions

    None

Frequently Asked Questions about

Texas Public Information Act Request Form

We have curated some of the most commonly asked questions for you.

What is the Public Information Act?

The Public Information Act, formerly known as the Open Records Act, is located at chapter 552 of the Government Code. The Act provides a mechanism for citizens to inspect or copy government records. It also provides for instances in which governmental bodies wish to, or are required by law to, withhold government records from the public.

What types of records are subject to the Public Information Act?

Any information collected, assembled, or maintained by or for a governmental body is subject to the Public Information Act. The format (paper, electronic, microfilm, etc.) of the record does not affect its status as a public record.

How do I make a public information request?

The request must be in writing and must be addressed to the governmental body. While the request does not need to be addressed to any particular person, it is a good practice to clearly label your correspondence as a "Public Information Request" or "Open Records Request." Requests sent via fax or email must be addressed to the public information officer or to the person designated by that officer to receive such requests.

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