Pennsylvania Public Records

The Pennsylvania Right-to-Know-Law, or Sunshine Act was signed into law in 1998 by the PA Legislature to ensure a more transparent government and provide a set of guidelines for both the public and public agencies in regards to records requests and records maintenance.  For a list of records that are generally considered exempt and protected, please click here.

Besides providing a strict outline of what is public and what is not, the law also created the Office Of Open Records whose mission is to enforce the state’s sunshine laws and to serve as a resource for the press, the public and the government in obtaining public records.  The Law further mandates that each agency be appointed a specific Open Records Officer, sometimes referred to as the 'Right-to-Know Officer'. This is the person within each agency that public records requests should be made to. A consolidated list of appropriate contacts can be found below.  Requests can be made in person or in writing via fax, mail or email. Be sure to include your name and contact information (so that the record can be delivered) as well as all pertinent information regarding the record, to ensure the correct record is delivered.  While a written request is not mandatory, it is highly recommended that all requests be made in writing. A verbal request will have no grounds for appeal if for some reason there is an issue with the fulfillment.

Right-to-Know Uniform Request Form

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Pennsylvania Government Info

Governor's Office
225 Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120
(717) 787-2500 | Fax: (717) 772-8284

Secretary of the Commonwealth

Attn: Agency Open Records Officer
302 North Office Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120
RA-RTK-DOS@state.pa.us

State Agencies Directory

Department of Agriculture
2301 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg PA 17110
General Inquiries: (717) 787-4737

Corrections Department
2520 Lisburn Road | P.O. Box 598| Camp Hill PA 17001-0598
(717) 975-48599

ATTN: AORO, DOC Right-To-Know Law Office
55 Utley Drive, Camp Hill PA 17011
(717) 731-0444 | Fax: (717) 975-2217ail:  RA-docrighttoknow@state.pa.us

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Department of Environmental Protection
Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, Harrisburg PA 17101
717-783-2300

PA State Police
(Non-Emergency- HQ) 1800 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg Pa 17110
(717) 783-5599

Attorney General
(Mailing/ Main) 16th Floor, Strawberry Square, Harrisburg PA 17120
(717)-787-3391 | Fax: (717)-787-8242

ATTN: Right To Know Officer
15th Floor, Strawberry Square, Harrisburg, PA 17120
(717) 783-1111

Records Request Form

Hotlines:

  • Child Predator Unit; 800-385-1044
  • Elder Abuse Unit; 866-623-2137
  • Consumer Protection; 800-441-2555
  • Education & Outreach; 800-525-7642
  • Health Care Section; 877-888-4877
  • Do Not Call List; 888-777-3406

Regional Offices Directory

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Pennsylvania Department of Health
Health and Welfare Building, 8th Floor West, 625 Forster Street, Harrisburg PA 17120
Toll Free:  (877) PA-HEALTH (724-3258)

ATTN: Right To Know Officer
Office of Administration, Dept of Health
8th Floor West, Health and Welfare Building
Harrisburg PA 17120
E-mail: PADOHRTK@state.pa.us  | Fax: (717)-772-6959

Division of Vital Records, P.O. Box 1528, New Castle, PA 16103
(724) 656-3100

PA State Archives
350 North Street, Harrisburg PA 17120
(717) 783-3281

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