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No matter what your reason is, you have the right to see and have a copy of your medical record, no matter what form those records are in.

To get your records:
  • Know what information you need. For example, do you need your entire medical history or just a copy of your immunization record?
    • Tip: If you need information about a specific test, it may help to know what date the test was done. If you do not remember the exact date, you can ask for a range of dates, like 1995-1998.

  • Decide who has the information you need. If you see more than one doctor, each doctor will have a different medical record for you.
    • Tip: Different doctors have different ways of giving you access to your medical records. For example, some may ask you to fill out a request form.

  • Choose how you want to get the information. For example, do you only want to see the information, or do you need a copy? Do you need a copy sent to another doctor?
    • Tip: You may also be asked to pay a fee to have copies made or to have your records mailed to you or another doctor.

  • Know when you need your information. By law, doctors have up to 30 days from the date of your request to give you copies of your medical records. Most doctors do not wait that long, especially if you need your information quickly so you can seek medical treatment.
    • Tip: If you need your records for a non-emergency situation, it is best to give your doctor lots of notice.

  • Ask for your information. You do not have to give a reason for wanting to see or have a copy of your medical record.
    • Tip: Your records may be made available to you electronically or in paper form, depending on how your doctor keeps medical records.