Statutory Citation: N.R.S. 239 et seq.

Definition of Public Record

Public records includes all books and records of all government entities. 1

Exemptions to Public Records

There are over 300 exemptions. See N.R.S. 239.0105, N.R.S. 239.013, and N.R.S. 239.014.

Who Can Make The Request?


Response Timeframe

5 days. 2

Information on Fees

Agencies can charge fees, but they must not exceed the actual costs to provide the record, and they can’t charge more than 50 cents per page. NRS 239.052 3

Enforcement Mechanisms

There are no administrative appeals options. However, you can take the matter to the district court in the county in which the request was filed. In court, if the request prevails, he or she is entitled to attorney’s fees. NRS 239.011 4

Attorney Fees

Yes, you can win attorney’s fees.

Do You Want to Make a Public Records Request?

The public records process begins with a public records request. Our guide outlines best practices for drafting well-defined requests for public information.

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