Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Guidance for making a public records request

Please note that the AGO cannot offer legal advice or render legal opinions about the public records law to members of the public.  If you would like general information about the public records law,  please contact the Secretary of State’s office.

General resources

Helpful statutes: The Vermont Public Records Law describes the process for submitting and responding to public records requests.

General guidance for public records requests

  • You can submit a public records request to the AGO electronically, by mail, by phone, or in person.  The easiest way to do so is in writing by using this form.
  • The AGO can only respond to requests seeking AGO records and cannot respond to requests for records held by other entities.
  • Please be as specific as possible when describing the records being requested.  If applicable, please include relevant date ranges and any other information that may help us identity the records you are seeking.
  • The AGO will not charge for the first 30 minutes of staff time that is necessary to process a request. Fees may be assessed for additional labor and other costs as provided by law and by the Secretary of State’s Uniform Fee Schedule.  To avoid significant costs, we are happy to work with you to find ways to provide the information you seek in the most efficient manner possible.
  • If the AGO withholds records or portions of records that are responsive to your request, you are entitled to appeal under the law.

To make a public records request to the Attorney General’s Office please use this form