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PDFWAC 388-01-060

How may an individual request a public record?

(1) An individual may request a public record orally or in writing. DSHS prefers that all public record requests be in writing on the "request for DSHS records" form, DSHS 17-041(X). Individuals may locate this form on the DSHS website at or request it from:
DSHS public records officer
Services and enterprise support administration
Information governance unit
P.O. Box 45135
Olympia, WA 98504-5135
Telephone: (360) 902-8484
Fax: (360) 902-7855
(2) If an individual does not use the DSHS form, the written public record request should include the following information:
(a) The requester's name, organization, mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and email address;
(b) The date of the request;
(c) A detailed description of the identifiable public record being requested;
(d) The email or mailing address where DSHS should send copies of the records, or if the requester wants to inspect the record at DSHS; and
(e) The requester's signature.
(3) An individual may fill out a record request at a DSHS office or send it by regular mail, email, or fax to the public records officer listed in WAC 388-01-050.
(4) Requests by third parties for confidential client records must be accompanied by a valid authorization as set forth in WAC 388-01-150.
(5) DSHS may ask an individual requesting a public record for personal identification when the law makes a record disclosable to a specific person.
(6) DSHS may deny a "bot" request, which is one of multiple requests from a requester within a twenty-four hour period, if responding to multiple requests would cause excessive interference with other essential DSHS functions.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 42.56.040 and chapter 42.56 RCW. WSR 19-02-018, § 388-01-060, filed 12/21/18, effective 1/21/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.56.040. WSR 18-05-021, § 388-01-060, filed 2/9/18, effective 3/12/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 and 34.05.220. WSR 99-15-065, § 388-01-060, filed 7/19/99, effective 8/19/99.]
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