Arkansas Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request Form

FOIA at a Glance

  • The law gives Arkansans access to public records and public meetings, with some exceptions.
  • A public record is defined as any writing, sound or video that reflects the performance or lack of performance of an official function.
  • All records maintained by public employees within the scope of their employment are presumed to be public records, though several exemptions may shield a record from disclosure.
  • Government entities generally have up to three business days to provide a record requested under the FOIA.
  • Custodians of records may only charge for the “actual costs” of reproducing public records, plus mailing expenses.
  • Notice of public meetings must be provided to anyone who has asked to be notified, and notice of special meetings must be provided to members of the news media in the county who have requested notice of such meetings, as well as media elsewhere who cover regular meetings and have requested notice.
  • Governing bodies may only enter into closed sessions for the purpose of considering employment, appointment, promotion, demotion, disciplining or resignation of an individual officer or employe

Arkansas Freedom of Information Act – Arkansas Attorney General (

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