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Citizens can control their government only if they remain informed about the decisions their government officials are making. That important principle underlies Washington's open public records law.
The laws are based on three important principles:
- The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies that serve them.
- The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know.
- The people insist on remaining informed so that they may maintain control over the instruments that they have created.
How to request records
All Record Requests:
To obtain public records from the Attorney General's Office, please fill out the request form and send to:
Public Records Unit
Office of the Attorney General
PO Box 40100
Olympia, WA 98504-0100
Phone (360) 586-3568
Fax (360) 586-7671
Record Requests for Consumer Complaints Only:
A public database of consumer complaints is available at data.wa.gov. Consumer complaints are not evidence of wrongdoing.
To obtain public records from the AGO's Consumer Protection Division, please fill out the CP request form and send to:
Consumer Protection Division
Public Records Coordinator
800 5th Avenue, Suite 2000
Seattle, WA 98104