Bill Lueders from The Capital Times in Madison, WI has written an excellent article with 10 tips for requesting open records and public records from government agencies. The article specifically addresses open record and public record requests in the state of Wisconsin. However, the tips can be generalized for requesting open and public records in almost any state, although public record laws will vary from state to state and county to county. The main things to remember when requesting open and public records is don’t be shy when requesting public records and don’t be afraid to ask questions of government record keepers.
You can read the article @ Tips for using open records law