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Maine Public Records

The Maine Freedom of Access Act (“FOAA”) Statutes Title One, Chapter 13 is the Maine state law that guarantees access to the “public records” and “public proceedings” of state and local government bodies and agencies.  As always with a state law, it does not apply to federal operations or agencies and the federal Freedom of Information Act supersedes it when dictating what can be made public and what must remain private. The term '"public records" means any written, printed or graphic matter or any mechanical or electronic data compilation from which information can be obtained, directly or after translation into a form susceptible of visual or aural comprehension, that is in the possession or custody of an agency or public official of this State or any of its political subdivisions, or is in the possession or custody of an association, the membership of which is composed exclusively of one or more of any of these entities, and has been received or prepared for use in connection with the transaction of public or governmental business or contains information relating to the transaction of public or governmental business, except records that have been designated confidential by Statute 1975, c. 758.

There is no central government records office that services Freedom of Access Act requests.  Each public office or agency responds individually to requests for its own records.  To submit a request, you should determine which office or agency is likely to maintain the records you are seeking and submit a request to the individual designated as the Maine FOAA contact for that agency. Contact info is listed below.

Maine Government Info

Agriculture, Dept. of
Eastside Campus, Deering Building
28 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
207-287-3871

Maine State Archives
Cultural Building
84 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
207-287-5790

Attorney General, Dept.
Burton M Cross Building, Floor 6
6 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
207-626-8800

Chief Medical Examiner Office
34-A Hospital Street
6 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
207-624-7180

Corrections, Dept. of
Eastside Campus Tyson Building
111 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
207-287-2711

Governor's Office
Capitol Building
1 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
207-287-3531

Library, Maine State (MSL)
Augusta Complex
64 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
207-287-5600

Licensing & Registration Office
35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
207-624-8603

Gardiner Annex, 122 Northern Ave
Gardiner, ME

Maine State Museum
Augusta Complex
83 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
207-287-2301

Maine State Police
45 Commerce Drive
42 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
207-624-7200

Motor Vehicles, Bureau of (BMV)
29 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
207-624-9000

Secretary of State (SOS)
Nash School Building Floor 2
148 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
207-626-8400