Public Records Notice


OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF RAILROADS 
STATE OF WISCONSIN

PUBLIC NOTICE 

NOTE: OCR is closed to visitors and open by appt. only. Please email ocr@wisconsin.gov or call 608-261-8221 if you 
need to make an appt.

Pursuant to Section 19.34 of the Wisconsin Statutes, the following information is provided to the public regarding access to the 
records of the Office of the Commissioner of Railroads (OCR). 

DESCRIPTION OF THE OCR 

The OCR is a unified agency without divisions or bureaus. The agency is responsible for the regulation of railroads and water 
carriers operating in the State of Wisconsin. The OCR employs Investigators, an Attorney (Legal Counsel/Administrative Law 
Judge), a Legislative/Public Policy Analyst, Legal Secretary, and the Commissioner. 

ACCESS TO PUBLIC RECORDS OF THE OCR 

Regular OCR office hours are 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays. These hours may vary 
slightly due to business needs of the agency. Requests may be made in person, or by mail, telephone, facsimile, or electronic 
mail. Requests may be made in writing or orally to the legal custodian of the agency, care of:
 
​By Mail:
Office of the Commissioner of Railroads​​​
P.O. Box 7854
Madison, WI 53707-7854​
​In Person:
Office of the Commissioner of Railroads
4822 Madison Yards Way, Suite S633
Madison, WI 53705-2729
By Phone:
(608) 261-8221
By Email: 
OCRPublicRecordsRequest@wisconsin.gov


COST OF COPIES OF R​ECORDS 

If the record is in a form that can be photocopied, the requester may be assessed a fee of 15 cents for each impression 
produced in response to the request. If the photocopying cost is less than $2.50 and no mailing is required, there will be no 
charge. If the requested record already exists in an electronic format and electronic copies are provided, costs will not be 
charged on a per-page basis, but if the record is not in a readily comprehensible form, the OCR may charge the actual costs of 
creating a readily comprehensible copy. A fee of 7 cents per page will be assessed for converting paper records to electronic 
format. If mailing is required, the requester may be charged for the actual cost of mailing.

If photocopying is not possible or the OCR is complying with a request for a translation to readily comprehensible copy from the 
media on which the record is stored, e.g., computer file recording tape/disk, film, etc., the requester may be charged for the 
actual cost of producing a copy, including the cost of a diskette. The requester may also be charged for the actual cost of 
locating the records if the location cost is $50.00 or more. The cost will be billed at the hourly rate of salary and benefits not to 
exceed $30 per hour for the lowest paid employee capable of performing the tasks. 

Upon reasonable notice, the Office will accommodate the needs of disabled individuals. Contact the Office at (608) 261-8221, 
(608) 261-8220 (Fax), or by writing to the Office at P.O. Box 7854, Madison, WI 53707-7854.