Maine FOIA procedures
Each state varies slightly in the procedures used to gain access to public documents. This article serves to describe specifically the steps used in Maine. To read the history and details of Maine’s sunshine laws please see Maine Freedom of Access Act
How to request public records in Maine
Requests should be directed to the office in which the records are held. However, the act does not require agencies to designate specific records custodians.
Purpose and use
The act does not place restrictions on the use of records and does not require a statement of purpose for public records requests.
Who may request public records?
- See also: How much do public records cost?
The Maine FAA allows for the charging of fees for both copying and duplication as well as staff time involved in the search not to exceed $10 an hour and only after the first hour of searching. Any costs estimated over $100 must be paid in advance. Fees may be waived if the request is made on behalf of the public good or if the person requesting lacks the money to pay the fees. 
- See also: Request response times by state
The law does not specify a time limit with regard to positive request responses. However, a rejection must occur within 5 business days of the receipt of the request. 
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