(a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, a person or governmental
unit that wishes to inspect a public record shall submit a written application to
(b) A person or governmental unit need not submit a written application to the custodian
(1) the person or governmental unit seeks to inspect a public record listed by an
official custodian in accordance with § 4-201(c)(2) of this subtitle; or
(2) the custodian waives the requirement for a written application.
(c) If the individual to whom the application is submitted is not the custodian of
the public record, within 10 working days after receiving the application, the individual
shall give the applicant:
(1) notice of that fact; and
(2) if known:
(i) the name of the custodian; and
(ii) the location or possible location of the public record.
(d) When an applicant requests to inspect a public record and a custodian determines
that the record does not exist, the custodian shall notify the applicant of this determination:
(1) if the custodian has reached this determination on initial review of the application,
(2) if the custodian has reached this determination after a search for potentially
responsive public records, promptly after the search is completed but not more than
30 days after receiving the application.
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