Open Records Act Request

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Thank you for your interest in county government. We have provided this form should you wish to make a records request online. Please be as specific as possible. After reviewing your request you will be notified within three business days if the documents requested are subject to release under the open records law and the estimated cost to search, retrieve, copy and supervise access to the requested documents. (O.C.G.A. § 50-18-71) The fee represents the hourly rate of the lowest paid full-time employee with the necessary skill and training to respond to your request. There is no charge for the first fifteen minutes. The charge for copies is generally $.10 per page unless otherwise provided by law.

Should you have further questions please contact the Open Records Officer, County Clerk (melissa.witcher@lumpkincounty.gov) or 706-482-2566; or the Alternate Open Records Officer, Deputy County Clerk (helen.wells@lumpkincounty.gov) or 706-482-2565.

Since the County Clerk does not handle every document in the county and in an effort to help you reach the correct department the first time, we are providing the following information regarding common record requests and key words and which department to contact for your specific request.

Probate Court – marriage license, death certificate, birth certificate, traffic ticket, name change, wills, carry permit, marriage records

Clerk of Court – jury duty, plats, deeds, divorce records, passports, notary, certified records, personal records, adoption records, liens, civil case records, court records, trial records, property records.

Sheriff’s Office – arrest reports, 911 calls, background checks, inmate information, criminal history, warrants, restraining orders, police records, TPO, incident report, accident report, dispositions, video audio records.

County Clerk – complaints, environmental complaints, property complaints, property violations, personnel files, fire reports, contracts, animal bites, dogs, cats, euthanized, animal control, salaries, planning records, certificate of occupancy, site plans, building permits, ems reports, purchasing records, tax records, employee files, disciplinary actions, elections, vote, districts, ballots, voter registration, property appraisal, bid documents, property assessment, meeting minutes, coroner report, environmental report, planning, planning complaint, zoning, land use, airport, vendor list, ambulance report, variance, hotel tax, motel tax, alcohol, committees, authorities, boards