Ohio Public Records

The Ohio Open Records Law (Sunshine Laws; ORC Section 149.43) provides definitions and protections for public and non public records in the state of Ohio, as well as defining custodial duty, citizen rights and outlining an appeals process.   The Ohio Attorney General's Office has published a downloadable PDF that summarizes the law, answers FAQs and outlines procedures and expectations in regards to the Ohio Sunshine Laws.

Requests for records should be made with the agency appropriate to the type of record.  Although written requests are not required, it is strongly suggested that requests be made either in writing or in person to ensure the most efficient means to fulfillment of that request.

For a general summary of what's considered public and what is not, click here.

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Ohio Government Info

State Agencies

Department of Agriculture
8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg OH 43068
(614) 728-6200 | Fax: (614) 466-4346

Attorney General
30 E. Broad St. 17th Floor, Columbus OH 43215
(614) 466-4320 | Toll Free: (800) 282-0515

Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV)
Main:  1970 West Broad Street | Mailing: P.O. Box 16520, Columbus, OH 43223
(614) 752-7500

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Court of Claims (for cases filed against the state)
The Ohio Judicial Center; 65 South Front Street, 3rd Floor, Columbus OH 43215
(614) 387-9800 | Fax: (614) 387-9836

Criminal Justice Services
1970 West Broad Street, Columbus OH 43223
(614) 466-7782 | Fax: (614) 466-0308

Cultural Facilities Commission
100 East Broad St., Suite 300 Columbus, Ohio 43215-3661
(614) 752-2770 | Fax (614) 752-2775

Education  (614) 995-1545 | Fax: (614) 466-5849

Elections Commission
21 West Broad Street, Suite 600, Columbus OH 43215
(614) 466-3205 | Fax: (614) 728-9408

Environmental Protection Agency
50 West Town Street, Suite 700 Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 644-3020 | Fax: (614) 644-3184

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Governor of Ohio
Riffe Center, 30th Floor; 77 South High Street, Columbus OH 43215-6108
(614) 466-3555 | Fax: (614) 466-9354

Health Department
246 N. High St., Columbus OH 43215
(614) 466-3543 | Fax:

OHIO STATE ARCHIVES

Historical Society
1982 Velma Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211
(614) 297-2300

House of Representatives  Phone: (614) 466-3357

Natural Resources | Phone: (614) 265-6565 | Fax: (614) 261-9601

Rehabilitation & Correction
770 West Broad Street, Columbus OH 43222
(614) 752-1159 | Fax: (614) 752-1171

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Secretary of State
180 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 466-2655 | Fax: (614) 466-3899

Ohio Senate (614) 466-4900

State Fire Marshal
The Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of State Fire Marshal
8895 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
(614) 752-8200 | Fax: (614) 752-7213

State Highway Patrol
P.O. Box 182074, Columbus OH 43223
(877) 772-8765

State Library of Ohio
274 East 1st Avenue, Suite 100; Columbus, OH 43201-3692
(614) 644-7061 | Fax: (614) 466-3584

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