By statute, state legislators, statewide elected officials, state department heads and county prosecuting attorneys are entitled to legal advice from the Attorney General’s Office. An Attorney General’s opinion is thus a written public document responding to a specific legal question asked by a public official. All opinions have been reviewed by the Opinions Section and represent the highest standards of research. An Attorney General’s opinion attempts to resolve questions of law as the author believes a court would decide the issue. Unlike a court, however, Attorney General opinions cannot decide factual disputes.

This website is meant to be a resource for researching and obtaining copies of Missouri Attorney General opinions.

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.

If you are an official person or governmental body authorized by statute to request an opinion, you may do so by printing and mailing our form (pdf format Get the free Adobe Reader | word format) to:

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

The Attorney General is not allowed to issue opinions to persons other than those specifically mentioned in Section 27.040, Revised Statutes of Missouri and is not allowed to issue opinions on questions that fall outside the scope of those persons official governmental duties.