To get you started with your request, below are two sample records requests: one under the Missouri Sunshine Law and one under the Freedom of Information Act. Generally, if you are asking for information from a Missouri state or local agency, you should use the Sunshine Law template. If you are asking for information from a federal agency, you should use the Freedom of Information Act template.
As always, do not hesitate to call agency personnel and ask for help in obtaining documents. Often, they will be friendly and helpful. It is best, however, to know your rights and be prepared to write a letter or call a lawyer. Occasionally government personnel may try to withhold information that the law entitles you to see.
You may ask that these records be shared electronically. Accepting electronic records may cut down on your costs. You may be asked to provide a flash drive. In some cases, you may have access to the records but the agency will not provide copies, in which case go prepared with a camera or scanner.