The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act regulates the collection, creation, storage, maintenance, dissemination, and access to government data in state agencies, statewide systems, and political subdivisions.
It establishes a presumption that government data are public and are accessible by the public for both inspection and copying unless there is federal law, a state statute, or a temporary classification of data that provides that certain data are not public.
Who can request information?
Anyone - citizens, individuals, the media, governmental agencies, vendors, unions, companies and attorneys - can request information. You can also request information about yourself.
Use the guides below to request information:
How do you make a data practices request?
Contact the Data Practices Staff by letter, email, telephone or fax to request information. You can also use the data practices mailbox. You can submit the request in your own words or use the data practices request form (PDF).
When will you get the information?
If you are requesting data about yourself, MnDOT must furnish the information within 10 business days of receiving your request. For other requests, MnDOT staff must furnish information within a reasonable period of time. Generally, MnDOT completes requests within six weeks of receiving them unless they are quite complex or involved.