Sample Records Request Letter


Dear [Name of government custodian of record you are seeking]:

I am requesting a copy of the following records pursuant to Iowa Code Chapter 22, the public records law.

[Detail here what records you want. Try to be as specific as possible to ensure that you receive what you are seeking. For example, “I would like copies of all correspondence between members of the city council and ABC Industries from June 10, 2013, through August 30, 2013.”]


Please contact me with the expected time frame for release of the records or if you have any questions about this request.

If there is a fee for fulfilling this request, please inform me in advance of the amount. Section 22.3 says that the fee shall not exceed the actual cost of providing the service.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

[Your name and contact information]