Public Records

Those seeking information through the Massachusetts Public Records Law should contact:

Malav Patel
Records Access Officer
Legal Division
781-960-2800
publicrecords@sdm.state.ma.us
400 Mystic Ave, 4th Floor, Medford, MA 02155

When requesting public records, please provide a reasonable description of the records sought and a preferred format, if any, for receiving public records that are available in electronic form.

Public agencies must adhere to the law requiring them to apply the several exemptions as listed in the Secretary of State’s Guide to Massachusetts Public Records Law (https://www.sec.state.ma.us/pre/prepdf/guide.pdf).  Documents containing information that fall under the exemptions must be redacted carefully before releasing, expanding the time needed for production.  Consider how you might draft your public records request to exclude records containing such information to reduce the amount of time needed for production.