Requesting a Temporary Classification of Data

Fill out the application

Send IPAD the completed application

  • Via email:
  • Via US Mail:Commissioner of Administration
    c/o Information Policy Analysis Division
    201 Administration Building
    50 Sherburne Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55155

Once the Commissioner receives the application, the data are no longer public. Copies of the application will be given to the media and members of the public upon request. Temporary classifications are made pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 13.06.

The Commissioner has 45 calendar days to decide whether to grant the request and 90 days if he determines the request applies to similar government entities.

If the Commissioner does not grant the request, the data revert to public 20 calendar days after the date of his decision.

If the Commissioner grants the request, the Attorney General's office must review the application within 25 calendar days.

If the Attorney General's office disagrees with the Commissioner's decision, the data revert to public five business days after the date of the decision.

If the Attorney General's office agrees with the Commissioner's decision, the Commissioner must submit the approved classification to the Legislature by January 15th of the year following the approval.

How long does a temporary classification remain in effect?

Assume a temporary classification is granted between January 1, 2008, and December 31, 2008. If the Legislature does not pass a law by August 1, 2010, making the classification permanent, the temporary classification expires and the data revert to public.