What is Available in Ohio Public Records?
The freedom of information act allows a considerable amount of information to be made available online. However, every state has their own way of supplying that information, as well as a limit to the type of information they provide.
Ohio public records are not under some of the legal constraints of other states, making them somewhat easy to access. Ohio public records are listed by the "Ohio Open Records" law.
What the Law Entails
Regarding fees, the Ohio public records law is intentionally vague. Some records are free, others are not, and all of them are decided by the organization in charge of disseminating the information. Public records are also limited to items that are not considered personal information. For example, the following is not required to be released as a public record:
Social Security Numbers
Public School Student Information
Intellectual Property Records
Firefighter or Police Officer Home Addresses
Any information that can be considered dangerous or information that can be abused in an unlawful or unethical way is generally kept confidential (though it may be released through other channels) while anything that may be considered useful information to the general public is released in the Ohio public records.