What is a Public Record?

The Washington Public Records Act RCW 42.56 requires that records are “identifiable.”  A general question is not a public disclosure request.

How to file a public records request

We prefer public records requests be made in writing or via e-mail so both parties have a record of the contact. If this is not possible, we will be pleased to discuss a request over the telephone and place it in writing for the requester.

Read on, below, for further instructions.

“TheThe Office of the Washington State Treasurer welcomes your public records requests. Please follow these guidelines to ensure success.

Direct your requests to:

Requests and questions about public records should be directed to:

Stacy Pierson, Washington State Office of the State Treasurer, 416 Sid Snyder Avenue SW P.O. Box 40200 Olympia, WA 98504-0200.

E-mail: publicdisclosure@tre.wa.gov – Phone: 360-902-8919.

Information to include in a public records request

A request should contain the following information:

  • Name, address and telephone number or e-mail address of the person requesting the record;
  • Date on which the request is being made; and
  • Description of the record(s) requested.

A form isn’t required for requesting public records.

Potential costs of a public records request

There is no cost to review requested public records in our office in Olympia during normal business hours. We try to supply public records electronically whenever possible. We reserve the right to charge the actual cost for producing records whether in paper or electronic form.


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