Redacting Public Information
Rules and Forms
A governmental body that wishes to redact information from data or documents it is releasing to the public must generally seek the decision of the attorney general.
A governmental body need not request an attorney general decision if it is relying on a previous determination to redact information. For more information about previous determinations, please see Open Records Decision No. 673 (2001) and pages 33-36 of the 2012 Public Information Handbook.
A governmental body need not request an attorney general decision if it is redacting information pursuant to one of the five sections of the Public Information Act that give a governmental body explicit permission to redact information without requesting an attorney general decision. Those five sections are 552.024, 552.130, 552.136, 552.138 and 552.1175. The Rules and Forms applicable to redaction under those sections of the Public Information Act are provided below.
- Texas Administrative Code, Title 1, Chapter 63, Public Information Subchapter B, Review of Public Information Redactions
The following documents are provided in MS Word.
- Form Letter for Section 552.024 (public employee's personal information held by governmental body in its capacity as employer)
- (Effective 05/18/2013) Form Letter for Section 552.130 (motor vehicle records)
- Form Letter for Section 552.136 (account and access device numbers)
- (Effective 06/14/2013)Form Letter for Section 552.138 (family violence shelter center, victims of trafficking shelter center, or sexual assault program)
- (Effective 06/14/2013)Form Letter for Section 552.1175 (public employee's personal information held by governmental body in non-employment capacity)