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Missouri Public Records

The Missouri Sunshine Law (MSL) sets forth the policy of open government and defines public records and the citizen's right to access those records.  According to the law, 'public record' any record, whether written or electronically stored, retained by or of any public governmental body including any report, survey, memorandum, or other document or study prepared for the public governmental body by a consultant or other professional service paid for in whole or in part by public funds, including records created or maintained by private contractors under an agreement with a public governmental body or on behalf of a public governmental body." This includes certain email correspondence between officials as well, but does NOT include any record with information that is protected by this or other state or federal statute.

As with similar laws in other states, personally identifying information (address, phone number, financials, school and health records, etc) are protected by state and federal privacy laws where the right to privacy outweighs the public's interest in disclosure.  Also protected are any records the disclosure of which would obstruct effective operations of government and law enforcement, or otherwise endanger the safety of the government or the agents thereof.

Records requests should be made with the appropriate state agency which holds the records. After receipt by the agency, the requests must be fulfilled by the end of the 3rd business day.  If the request is not fulfilled by that time, there must be a response explaining the delay or denial.  Each agency must appoint a public records officer charged with handling the records and the requests for inspection/ copy.

Sample Records Request

Missouri Government Info

Missouri State Agencies

Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority, Missouri
PO Box 630 , Jefferson City, MO 65102-0630

Attorney General

Jefferson City
Missouri Attorney General's Office
Supreme Court Building
207 W. High St.,  P.O. Box 899, Jefferson City, MO 65102
573-751-3321 | Fax: 573-751-0774

Cape Girardeau
Missouri Attorney General's Office
2860 Kage Road , Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
573-290-5679 | Fax: 573-290-5689

Kansas City
Missouri Attorney General's Office
Fletcher Daniels State Office Building
615 E. 13th Street, Suite 401, Kansas City, MO 64106
816-889-5000 | Fax: 816-889-5006

Missouri Attorney General's Office
Springfield State Office Building,  149 Park Central Square, Suite 1017, Springfield, MO 65806
417-895-6567 | Fax: 417-895-6382

St. Louis
Missouri Attorney General's Office
Old Post Office Building, 815 Olive Street, Suite 200, St. Louis, MO 63101
314-340-6816 | Fax: 314-340-7957

Conservation, Department of
Administrative Office

[P.O. Box 180 (zip 65102)]
2901 W. Truman Blvd., Jefferson City, MO 65109
573-751-4115 | Fax: 573-751-4467

Northwest Regional Office
701 James McCarthy Drive, St. Joseph, MO 64507

Ozark Regional Office
551 Joe Jones Blvd., West Plains, MO 65775

Kansas City Regional Office
3424 N.W. Duncan Road, Blue Springs, MO 64015

Northeast Regional Office
3500 S. Baltimore, Kirksville, MO 63501

Southwest Regional Office
2630 N. Mayfair, Springfield, MO 65803

St. Louis Regional Office
2360 Highway D, St. Charles, MO 63304

Central Regional Office
1907 Hillcrest Drive, Columbia, MO 65201

Southeast Regional Office
2302 County Park Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Corrections, Department of
2729 Plaza Drive, P.O. Box 236, Jefferson City, MO 65102

Directory of Adult Correctional Facilities

Division of Probation and Parole
1511 Christy; Jefferson City, MO 65101

Economic Development, Department of
Harry S Truman State Office Building
Room 680, Jefferson City, MO 65102

Environmental Improvement and Energy Resources Authority
P.O. Box 744, 325 Jefferson Street, 2nd Floor, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102

Governor's Office
P.O. Box 720, Jefferson City, MO 65102

Lt. Governor
State Capitol Building, Room 224, Jefferson City MO 65101
573-751-4727 | Fax: 573-751-9422


Senate  -- Find YOUR Senator

House of RepresentativesMember Directory

Missouri Juvenile Justice Advisory Group
PO Box 749, Truman Office Building 301 West High, Jefferson City, MO 65101
573-751-2771 | Fax: 573-751-5399

Missouri Sentencing Advisory Commission
PO Box 104480, Jefferson City, MO 651100
573-522-5419 | Fax: 573-522-6152

Secretary of State
Office of the Secretary of State, State Capitol
Room 208/State Information Center, 600 W Main, Jefferson City, MO 65101

Missouri State Archives
600 West Main Street, P.O. Box 1747, Jefferson City, MO 651022
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