The OIC is authorized to require a requester to provide information as to the purpose of requesting a list of individuals to ensure compliance with Washington State law.
The Public Records Act prohibits state agencies from providing “lists of individuals requested for commercial purposes.”
Commercial purpose is defined as: “a business activity by any form of business enterprise intended to generate revenue or financial benefit.” SEIU Healthcare 775 NW v. DSHS, et. al., 193 Wn. App. 377 (2016).
Examples of purposes that are commercial in nature:
- “to recruit new agents”
- “to spread awareness of our industry leading insurance solutions”
- “to offer our product to agents so they can better serve their clients”
The OIC is authorized to require a requester to provide information as to the purpose of a request to ensure compliance with the above-stated prohibition.
Upon receipt of your public records request for a list of individuals, we will ask you to fill out and sign a
Once we receive this information, we will review it and make a final decision on whether the information can be released.
You may find helpful information on our online database which allows searches to be performed for agents, agencies and companies.
There is one exception to the above prohibition: “lists of applicants for professional licenses and or professional licensees shall be made available to those professional associations or educational organizations recognized by their professional licensing or examination board, upon payment of a reasonable charge therefor.” If you are a pre-licensing or a continuing education provider, please contact our Education Analyst at 360-725-7144.