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Requesting PDC Records

Washington law provides the public access to copies of records of public agencies, with certain exceptions.  RCW 42.56.  The PDC makes its records available under that law.  The PDC does not have jurisdiction over the records of other public agencies.  See more information below. 

If you wish to review or obtain copies of PDC records, follow these steps.

  1. Check the PDC's website.  The website contains thousands of pages of documents available for viewing and copying, for free.  See examples below.*  You do not need to make a formal request to view those records - just check the website.
  2. If you don't find the record you want on the website, call the PDC.  Perhaps you missed the record.  PDC staff may be able to find the online record for you, and give you the link.  Once you are provided a link, a copy of the record has been provided to you.  Or, if you are making an informal routine inquiry for a PDC record (such as for a copy of a brochure or a report), you do not need to make a formal public records request.  Just contact the PDC.
  3. If the record is not available on the PDC website, and you want to make a formal public records request under the Public Records Act, fill out the PDC's Public Records Request Form.  PDF Version   Word Version    (: Electronically)
    • This form provides the PDC the information needed to begin a search for potentially responsive documents, if any, and follow up with you if staff have questions for you.  If you don't use the form, make sure you include all the information from the form in your written request, including your name, address, telephone, Email, and a detailed description of the records you request.  Your request must be confirmed in writing.
  4. Send the PDC Public Records Request Form to the PDC.  Mailing address:  Public Disclosure Commission, P. O. Box 40908, Olympia, WA  98504-0908    Fax:  (360) 753-1112   Email:  If you send your request by Email, send it ONLY to pdc@pdc.wa.gov.  This helps the PDC make sure your request is received and responded to timely.  The PDC does not accept public records requests sent to other Email addresses.  SEND ALL REQUESTS TO THE ATTENTION OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OFFICER.
  5. The PDC will send you a confirmation within 5 business days.  Then, stay in touch with the PDC if staff need time and/or more information to process your request.  If PDC staff have questions for you about your request, or need other information, they will contact you.  Make sure you answer any questions and provide other responses in the time identified, otherwise your request will be closed.  If you change your mind and don't want a record, let the PDC know.
  6. You will be provided records responsive to your request, if any.  Some records may be provided in installments.  Some records or information may be exempt from public disclosure, or exempt for a period of time.  PDC staff will let you know if that is the case, and why the information or record is exempt.  You will be responsible for paying any copying and mailing costs.  PDC staff will let you know what those are.    PDC's Public Records Fee Schedule.

Do you have other questions about the PDC's public records request process?  If so, first review the Public Records Frequently Asked Questions Guide.  You may also wish to review the PDC's Public Records Rules.  If you still have questions, contact the PDC's Public Records Officer at (360) 753-1111 or 1-877-601-2828 (toll-free in Washington State).

Do you have questions about the records of other public agencies?  If so, contact those agencies.  The PDC does not have jurisdiction over the records of other public agencies, and does not resolve disputes concerning records of other public agencies.  The PDC does not implement the Public Records Act at RCW 42.56 for other agencies.  Also, the PDC implements and enforces only the Washington State campaign finance, lobbying, and personal financial affairs laws in RCW 42.17A.  The PDC does not implement or enforce other campaign laws or rules (such as federal or local laws or rules), or ethics laws or rules.

Do you have questions about the Public Records Act generally?  If so, contact the Washington State Attorney General's Office.

* Examples of records available on the PDC website:
The agency's organizational chart; contact information; statutes; rules and rule-making activity; final orders; enforcement case information and records; declaratory orders; interpretive statements; external policies; manuals; fact books; brochures; videos; commission meeting agendas, materials, and minutes; strategic plans; reports; campaign finance data, reports, and forms; lobbying data, reports, and forms; other forms and reports; news releases; and, other information.  Information on the website is updated regularly.