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This website is meant to be a resource for researching, requesting and obtaining copies of Missouri Attorney General opinions. Opinions issued after January 1, 1968 are available for viewing and printing on this website, but copies of opinions issued prior to January 1, 1968 must be requested in paper form.

For more information see the frequently asked questions page for opinions.

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Search the Missouri Attorney General opinions using the search features available to the right. You can search by year or by keyword(s).

Legal basis of Attorney General opinions

The Missouri Attorney General is authorized to issue opinions to certain government officials on questions of law that relate to their governmental duties. Section 27.040 and 610.027.6 authorize the Missouri Attorney General to issue those opinions, who may request opinions, and the topics on which opinions may be issued.

Requesting an opinion from the Attorney General

State legislators, statewide elected officials, state department heads, and county prosecuting attorneys may request opinions—but only on topics relating to the duties of their respective offices. “Public governmental bodies” (defined in section 610.010.4) subject to the Missouri Sunshine Law may request opinions regarding the closure of meetings or records.

The Attorney General is not allowed to issue opinions to persons other than those specifically mentioned in sections 27.040 and 610.027.6. Nor is the Attorney General allowed to issue opinions that do not relate to the duties of those making the request.

If an official person or governmental body authorized by statute to request an opinion, the official or the governmental body should complete the form to request an Attorney General opinion [word format] [pdf format]. Once the form is completed, mail it to:

Opinions Unit
Missouri Attorney General's Office
P.O. Box 899
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Requesting a copy of an Attorney General opinion

Missouri Attorney General opinions issued since 1969 are available online. You are encouraged to search for the opinion you are interested in, and if necessary, print the opinion using your browser menu.

Copies of opinions issued before January 1, 1969 may be obtained by following the instructions provided on this website.

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