You have a couple of choices. However, before moving forward with either of them, make sure that your request has truly been denied and that you know the reason for the denial. If possible, it’s best to get the denial in writing. If you submitted a verbal request, the agency does not have to give you a written reason for the denial. However, if you requested your record(s) in writing, the agency must provide a written explanation of the denial. Ohio Revised Code 149.43 (B)(3). This is why you should always make your request in writing, and why it’s best to use the sample request form on our website.