The custodian may charge reasonable fees for the search and preparation of records
for inspection and copying. The first two hours of search time is free, however, any additional time is subject to fees.
DPIE will provide an estimate the costs associated with the request. However, the department is not bound by the estimate and may charge fees which exceed the estimate. The estimate is a rough calculation of the cost; it is meant to give the requestor guidance on what fees to anticipate. The actual cost may be higher or lower than the estimate. The requester will be provided with justification for the fees.
Copies of records will be provided in the form or format requested, only if the records are readily reproducible in that form or format. However, there are charges associated with obtaining copies of records. Currently, the first two hours of search and preparation for requested records are free. Duplication fees are charged according to DPIE's fee schedule.
Note: the fees contained in the link do not include fees associated with search and review time
The MPIA provides for access to most agency records. There are certain records that may fall within one of the exemptions in State law that allows the agency to withhold documents and redact information from documents.
If you are denied access to any DPIE records, you will be notified as to the specific statutory provisions for each exemption and for challenging the denial procedures.