THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
Ken Paxton

How to Request an Attorney General Opinion

Section 402.042(c) of the Government Code requires that a request for an attorney general opinion be in writing and sent in one of two ways:

  1. By electronic mail to an address designated by the attorney general for the purpose of receiving requests for opinions; or
  2. By certified or registered mail, with return receipt requested, and addressed to the attorney general in Austin.

An authorized requestor may submit a request to one of the following addresses:

  1. Email:opinion.committee@oag.texas.gov
  2. Certified or registered mail:
    Office of the Attorney General
    Attention Opinion Committee
    P.O. Box 12548
    Austin, Texas 78711-2548

Requestors should include a supporting brief with a request. Briefing should include any legal authorities and analysis that apply to the question asked in the request, and it should describe any relevant background facts that led to the submission of the request. No formatting requirements exist for the brief, and it may be submitted in letter form.

Submitting a brief with an opinion request helps the attorneys who draft and review attorney general opinions to understand what the requestor is asking. Drafting a brief may also help a requestor formulate an opinion request that is clearer and more useful than it otherwise would be.

If an opinion request is unclear or is not accompanied by a legal brief, the opinion might be delayed or not rendered, consistent with the requirements of section 402.042(c)(2) of the Texas Government Code.

Any person or entity who is interested in a pending opinion request may submit a brief addressing the questions raised or providing factual background.  Generally, we request that briefs be submitted within 30 days of the date our office acknowledged the request.  However, in some circumstances we expedite the briefing schedule.  You may contact the Opinion Committee at the e-mail address above to confirm the briefing deadline for a specific request.  Briefs may be submitted through the e-mail address listed above.  

Please note that briefs and any attachments submitted to this office may be subject to public disclosure under the Public Information Act.