Any person who has been denied access to a government record by a records custodian of a public agency can file a complaint with the Government Records Council (GRC). N.J.S.A. 47:1A-6. To understand how to file a complaint and the legal rights of a requester of government records please refer to the information in this section. 

The Denial of Access Complaint Form must be downloaded as a .PDF file.

Please contact GRC staff at if you have any questions about filing a complaint.

Electronic Denial of Access Complaint Form [PDF]

In Microsoft® Edge and Internet Explorer, you will be prompted to "Open" or "Save" the file. Please note that e-filers will need to save the file in order to submit their complaint through the e-filing system.
In Google® Chrome, the complaint form will appear as a file in the lower left-hand corner of the browser. Using the up-facing arrow, select one of the options allowing you to access your external .PDF program.
If you are still encountering issues, you can access a non-writable version of the Denial of Access Complaint Form here
Please note that the GRC is provides an e-filing system for Denial of Access Complaints. Individuals wishing to e-file their complaints can can view the following instructions: