Instructions for Seeking Orders Sealing Confidential Personal Information:
The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) expects all parties to redact (black out) from documents filed with OAH, including pleadings and exhibits, all confidential personal information whenever possible. Confidential personal information includes crime victim or investigative complaining witness names, addresses, and telephone numbers. It also includes all social security numbers, financial account numbers, credit card numbers, dates of birth, names of minor children, and medical information. When redacting social security or financial numbers, the last four digits may be revealed if necessary.
If it is not possible to redact confidential personal information from a document, OAH expects the party offering the document to request an appropriate protective sealing order. An optional form for requesting a protective sealing order OAH 87.
All attorneys and parties appearing before OAH and offering documents containing confidential personal information must take the necessary steps to redact the information or request appropriate orders. OAH ALJs may refuse to accept documents containing confidential personal information that have not been properly protected.
Proposed Order: A proposed Protective Order Sealing Confidential Records form OAH 88 is available. Parties who are submitting a request for an order sealing records are encouraged to provide complete the Order form and submit it to OAH as a proposed order.