What is a public record?


Public records are writings containing information relating to the conduct of the public’s business. Per Oregon Revised Statutes 192.411, writings include handwritten, typed, photographed, electronic or otherwise:

  • Letters
  • Pictures
  • Recorded Words
  • Sounds
  • Symbols
  • Combinations of any of these mediums


Most records are available for public inspection but are Douglas County property. Nothing can be altered, added or removed from these records. Photographing documents is not permitted. Allowing the inspection and/or copying of public records in the custody of Douglas County is not meant to waive or restrict any copyright, proprietary, confidentiality, privilege, exemption from disclosure, or other rights in said documents.

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1. What is a public record?
2. Are there any public records that I may not inspect or copy?
3. What if I have a question about the contents of a public document?
4. When will I be able to inspect or receive copies of the documents?
5. What will it cost to obtain the documents that I seek?
6. When must I pay the costs?
7. What if I have a request for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office?