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Open Records

 

Home Address Advisory 

(updated 6/18/2015)

Mission Statement

"The Mission of the Office of Open Records is to enforce the state’s Right-to-Know law and to serve as a resource for citizens, public officials and members of the media in obtaining public records of their government."

The Office of Open Records (OOR) was created in 2008 by passage of Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law (RTKL).  The objective of the RTKL is to empower citizens by affording them access to information concerning the activities of their government.  This important open-government law is designed to promote access to official government information in order to prohibit secrets, scrutinize the actions of public officials and make public officials and agencies accountable for their actions.

As an independent quasi-judicial agency, the office is authorized to hear and decide appeals from requesters who have been denied access to records by state and local agencies.  The OOR also provides formal training on the RTKL, as well as Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Act.   

This webpage is an extensive resource of OOR Final Determinations, Court decisions, Guides, Forms and numerous other documents related to the RTKL.   The OOR also answers thousands of questions, inquiries, telephone calls, and emails annually regarding transparency laws and how they work.   Contact Us

Please note that the OOR is not a warehouse or repository for all Commonwealth records.  Each agency maintains or arranges for the maintenance of its own records.  Requests for records should be directed to the open records officer for the agency that maintains the records sought.   For more information, click here to view the OORs chart for which agency may possess the record you are looking for.