FLORIDA's GOVERNMENT IN THE SUNSHINE LAW AND PUBLIC RECORDS LAW                     (Overview)                                                                              Home

General state policy on public records.

It is the policy of this state that all state, county, and municipal records shall at all times be open for a personal inspection by any person.


  1. "Public records" means all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, tapes, photographs, films, sound recordings or other material, regardless of physical form or characteristics, made or received pursuant to law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business by any agency.
  2. "Agency" shall mean any state, county, district, authority or municipal officer, department, division, board, bureau, commission or other separate unit of government.

Inspection and examination of records; exemptions.

  1. Every person who has custody of public records shall permit the records to be inspected and examined by any person desiring to do so, at reasonable times, under reasonable conditions. The custodian shall furnish copies or certified copies of the records upon payment of fees.
  2. All public records which presently are provided by law to be confidential or which are prohibited from being inspected by the public, whether by general or special law, shall be exempt from the provisions of subsection 1.
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