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The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Right to Know Law (RTKL), 65 P. S. §§ 67.101-67.3104, provides citizens the right of access to public records and sets forth the conditions under which a document maintained by a Commonwealth agency is deemed a public record. It also imposes time limits within which an agency must respond to requests for public records and provides a process whereby the requester may file an appeal when a request for information is denied in whole or part.


When a request is denied or deemed denied, whether in whole or in part, the requester may file an appeal with the Office of Open Records where it will be assigned to an Appeals Officer. This appeal must be filed within 15 business days of the denial or deemed denied. The appeal must state the grounds upon which the requester asserts that the record is public and should address any grounds stated by the agency for delaying or denying the request. The appeal shall be sent to:


The Commonwealth Office of Open Records
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street, Plaza Level
Harrisburg, PA  17120-0225
Phone: 717.346.9903
Website: Commonwealth Office of Open Records


Submit your right to know form to

The forms posted on the website are as follows:


Standard Right-to-know request form (Fillable)


Guide on how to use the Right-to-Know form - This form is on their website and is the same one as is on our website. These are simply the directions on how to fill it out.


Right-To-Know Law Appeal of Denial, Partial Denial, or Deemed Denial 


Right-to-Know Law Deemed Denial (No Agency Response) form 

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