Open Records

The Georgia Open Records Act establishes the right to inspect and/or receive public records, excluding those records that are specifically exempted by court order or law.

To inspect and/or receive records, please use the online Open Records Form.

After receiving your request, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office will notify you within three (3) business days if there are records responsive to your request and if the records requested are subject to release (O.C.G.A.§50-18-71). The response will be provided in written format and will be sent via email when possible.

Responses shall include the cost to search, retrieve, copy, redact, and/or supervise inspection of the requested document(s). The cost represents the hourly rate of the lowest paid full-time employee who, in the opinion of the Sheriff's Office, has the necessary skill and training to respond to your request. There is no charge for the first 15 minutes.

The fee for black & white, letter or legal-size copies is $0.10 per page. Other types of documents are charged based upon the expense to reproduce the record. Where fees for certain records are otherwise prescribed bylaw, such specific fee shall apply. Payment is required upon receipt of the records.

Some records are not readily accessible. In these instances, a timeline will be provided as to when the records will be available. We cannot provide records we do not have access to, such as 911 recordings and CAD reports. You would need to contact the appropriate Department for those records.

All Open Records Requests must be submitted to the Custodian of Records. Any requests for records that are served upon any other officer or employee shall not be deemed filed, until the requester has filed his or her request with the Records Supervisor. You may contact the Records Supervisor either via the online form provided below or by contacting him directly at:

Brian Certain
P.O. Box 310
Carnesville, GA 30521
Phone: 706-384-2525

To obtain public records from other Franklin County Government departments, please visit the ​Open Records page.