public records act request resources

California Public Records Act

The California Public Records Act (CPRA) is the main state law in California defining what state and local government records are open to public inspection.

The California Public Records Act is Government Code Section 6250 et. seq. See below for accessing the most recent version of the CPRA.

Help with the California Public Records Act

First Amendment Coalition

CPRA Primer

The First Amendment Coalition has a primer on the California Public Records Act and guides to other public records laws in California. The site also has news items on the latest developments in public records access, including court decisions interpreting the CPRA.

First Amendment Project

California Public Records Act guide

The First Amendment Project has a guide to using the California Pubilc Records Act and guides on other state laws on the public's right to access government meetings and records.

There also are pocket guides on the California Public Records Act, accessing court records, accessing government meetings, and state shield law protections for journalists.

California Attorney General's Office

Summary of the California Public Records Act 2004

The California Attorney General's Office has published a summary (pdf) of the California Public Records Act.

CPRA Requests - Sample Letters and Help Filing

First Amendment Coalition

Sample CPRA request letter

Center for Investigative Reporting

FOIA Machine

The CIR has created a FOIA Machine online tool to help you create and file state public records act requests, and then track the response and get assistance if needed.

Oakland

RecordTrac

A website developed for the City of Oakland by Code for America that provides for electronic filing and tracking of public records act requests for city documents. You also can view public records act requests made by others using the system (although not the names of the requestors). 

Text of the California Public Records Act

You can look up the full text of the California Public Records Act at the state government's California Law site. The text of the law there may be more up to date than what's posted at other websites.

Go to the California Law code search web page. In the upper right in the Code drop-down menu select GOV (for Government Code) and in the Section search box type 6250.

You'll get a screen at which you can click through the sections of the California Public Records Act.