Accessing Public Records in Rhode Island - APRA Letter Template


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APRA Letter Template

The following sample letter is to help you in crafting your own public records request. Remember that as long as your request clearly states what records you are seeking and where they should be sent, you have satisfied the requirements of the law.

City, State, Zip

To Whom it May Concern:

I am seeking records under the Access to Public Records Act, R.I.G.L. 38-2. If you are not the appropriate individual to handle this request, please forward this letter to the appropriate records designee or let me know if I should address this request to another body.

I am requesting records related to (provide topic). In particular, I am requesting:

  • Specific description of Document A, including the time frame in which you believe this document exists;
  • Specific description of Document B, including the time frame in which you believe this document exists.

If possible, I prefer to receive these documents via (mail, e-mail, fax) at (contact information). I understand there may be a cost associated with retrieving and copying these documents. Please provide me with an estimated list of fees if it is expected to exceed (dollar amount), and contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this request. I look forward to receiving these documents within ten business days.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

Address and telephone number (optional)

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