(1) An individual can request a public record orally or in writing. DSHS encourages that all public record requests be in writing on a "request for disclosure of DSHS records" form, DSHS 17-041(X). Individuals may request this form from DSHS, Forms and Records Management Services, P.O. Box 45805, Olympia, WA 98504-5805, (360) 664-6120, or e-mail at DSHSFormsRecordsMgmt@dshs.wa.gov.
(2) If the form is not used, the written public record request should include the following information:
(a) The requester's name, organization, mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address;
(b) The date of the request;
(c) A detailed description of the public record being requested;
(d) The address where copies of the record are to be mailed, or if the requester wants to examine the record at DSHS; and
(e) The signature of the requester.
(3) An individual can fill out a record request at a DSHS office, or send it by regular mail, electronic mail, or fax to the public disclosure coordinator at the appropriate DSHS office.
(4) DSHS may ask an individual requesting a public record for personal identification when the law makes a record disclosable to a specific person.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 and 34.05.220. 99-15-065, § 388-01-060, filed 7/19/99, effective 8/19/99.]