Wyoming State Resource Center
Wyoming Statewide Offices
- Attorney General
The Attorney General's office, by law, provides legal opinions only to elected and appointed state officials and represents the state agencies in actions in courts of law. The Attorney General's office is prohibited from offering legal advice to private citizens or organizations.
The Wyoming Governor is the head of the executive branch of Wyoming's government and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. The governor does not have the power to create a law but does have the power to veto or reject a proposed law. The governor is responsible for presenting revenue and expenditure data along with a state budget recommendation to the Wyoming Legislature.
- Secretary of State
The Secretary of State is the record keeper of Wyoming. The Secretary of State is the keeper of the Great Seal. When the Governor is traveling out-of-state, the Secretary of State is the Acting Governor. The Secretary of State's Office is divided into five divisions: the Administrative Support Division; the Business Division; the Compliance Division; the Elections Division; and the Technology Division.
- State Auditor
The State Auditor is one of five state elected officials. The Auditor's duties include being the Chief Accountant and Payroll Officer for state agencies. The Auditor keeps track of all of the state's income, spending, budgets and bad debts. The State Auditor serves with the other four elected officials on various boards and commissions, such as the State Loan and Investment Board.
- State of Wyoming
Wyoming is a state in the Western United States. The majority of the state is dominated by the mountain ranges and rangelands of the Rocky Mountain West, while the easternmost section of the state includes part of a high elevation prairie region known as the High Plains.
- State Treasurer
The Wyoming State Treasurer receives and invests all funds of the State, except for the State Retirement funds, and including the Local Government Investment Pool (WYO-STAR); administers the Unclaimed Property Program; administers the CollegeInvest Wyoming Program (Wyoming's family college savings); and serves on various boards and commissions.
Wyoming Legislative Branch
- Wyoming State Legislature
The Wyoming State Legislature is the legislative branch of the U.S. State of Wyoming. It is a bicameral state legislature, consisting of a 60 member Wyoming House of Representatives, and a 30 member Wyoming Senate.
Wyoming Court Rules and Forms
- Divorce and Child Support Forms
Provides links to individual forms and packets, in pdf format, for filing for Divorce pro se with or without children, and for Child Custody and Child Support, and Child Custody and Modification.
- Order to Show Cause Forms
Provides links to individual forms and packets, in pdf and word format, for filing Order to Show Cause pro se, .
- Wyoming State Court Rules
Provides links to the following Wyoming Court Rules: Supreme Court Rules; Procedure and Evidence Rules; District Court Rules; Circuit Court Rules; Other Courts Rules; Rules for Practicing of Law in Wyoming; Rules for Judicial Conduct and Education; and Boards and Commissions Rules.
Wyoming Judicial Branch
- Wyoming Judicial Branch
The state courts of Wyoming include: the Wyoming Supreme Court; District Courts; and Circuit Courts.
- Wyoming State Law Library
The Law Library serves as the source of legal information for the Wyoming Judicial System, with particular emphasis on insuring the supply of current and relevant materials to the Wyoming Supreme Court. It also serves as a research library for all state government and, through the interlibrary loan system established by the State Library, provides legal materials to persons throughout the state.
Wyoming Executive Branch
- Department of Administration and Information
The primary function of the Department of Administration and Information is to provide both long-range and day-to-day services to the Governor and State agencies, which enable the Governor to meet the overall goals of State government, as well as assisting State agencies in meeting their strategic plan goals. Seven divisions, including the office of the Director, make up the department. The department of Administration and Information provides agency level support such as human resources, accounting, housing and budget for the Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO).
- Department of Agriculture
The Wyoming Department of Agriculture (WDA) assists the citizens of Wyoming to live safe and healthy lives, promote and preserve Wyoming's agricultural community, be responsible stewards of the state's natural resources, and achieve integrity in the marketplace. WDA is comprised of six sections: Administrative Services, Analytical Services (Chemistry & Microbiology Laboratories), Consumer Health Services, Natural Resources, Technical Services, and Wyoming State Fair.
- Department of Audit
The Department of Audit is responsible for the regulation of financial institutions, including auditing public agencies and local governments. The Department is also responsible for conducting audits for the collection of federal and state mineral royalties, state mineral and excise taxes, and for coordinating auditing and other revenue matters.
- Department of Corrections
In November 1990, Wyoming voters approved a constitutional amendment abolishing the State Board of Charities and Reform. When the Wyoming Department of Corrections was created in 1991 it assumed management of four institutions that had previously been under the administration of the Board of Charities and Reform; absorbed the adult offender programs in the Department of Probation and Parole and continued to provide support for the Board of Parole. The four institutions the Department absorbed are: Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp, Newcastle; Honor Farm, Riverton; State Penitentiary, Rawlins; and Women’s Center, Lusk.
- Department of Education
The Superintendent of Education is responsible for the general supervision of Wyoming's public schools. The Superentendent and department staff promulgate and enforce rules and regulations consistent with the Wyoming Constitution and state statutes. The Department of Education also consults with and advises the Board of Education, school boards, educators and citizens to develop public support for a complete and uniform education system for Wyoming citizens.
- Department of Employment
The Department of Employment is the organization responsible for employment tax, labor standards, labor statistics, mine inspection services, occupational health and safety, unemployment insurance, and workers' compensation. The Department's mission is to provide information and quality services that promote economic security, employment, and a safe work environment for the state's customers.
- Department of Environmental Quality
The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) contributes to Wyoming’s quality of life through a combination of monitoring, permitting, inspection, enforcement and restoration/remediation activities which protect, conserve and enhance the environment while supporting responsible stewardship of our state’s resources.
- Department of Family Services
The Department of Family Services (DFS) is the state youth services authority and the authority for public assistance and social services. Central Administration is responsible for coordinating policy and rulemaking, training, quality assurance, resources, staffing and statewide initiatives. The Department includes the Child Support Enforcement Division; the Early Childhood Division; and the Economic Assistance Division, which determines eligibility for food assistance, Medicaid, home heating assistance, health care benefits such as KidCare/CHIP and WIC, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
- Department of Health
The Department of Health is the primary state agency for providing health services. It administers programs maintaining the health and safety of all citizens.
- Department of Revenue
The primary mission of the Department of Revenue is the administration and collection of mineral and excise taxes as well as the valuation of property and the wholesale distribution of alcohol beverages and enforcement of liquor laws.
- Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources
The Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources provides the state's citizens and visitors a variety of opportunities to enjoy Wyoming's arts, parks and history. Wyoming's state parks, historic sites and state trails program offer abundant recreational and educational opportunities. Additionally, through the efforts of the Division of Cultural Resources, Wyoming's history and pre-history is studied and preserved, and artistic opportunities for both the artist and the patron are promoted and enhanced.
- Department of Transportation
The primary responsibility of the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) is construction and maintenance of the state's highway system. That includes enforcement of traffic laws, collecting highway user tax revenues, administration of driver licensing, commercial vehicle regulation and motor vehicle registration and titling. Functions assigned to the Aeronautics Commission are a part of the WYDOT program.
- Department of Workforce Services
The Department of Workforce Services is Wyoming's newest State Agency. The Agency is focused on delivering comprehensive and effective services that build a workforce to meet the changing demands of Wyoming's diverse businesses, citizens and economy. The Department of Workforce Services is comprised of four divisions, all of which have distinct objectives that parallel the Agency's overall mission, "bridging human and economic development for Wyoming's future."
- Game and Fish Department
The Game and Fish Department is under the direction and supervision of the Game and Fish Commission. The Department is charged with providing "an adequate and flexible system for the control, propagation, management, protection and regulation of all Wyoming wildlife."
- Office of Homeland Security
The Wyoming Office of Homeland Security (WOHS) assists state and local agencies in their efforts to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from the effects of crises due to terrorism, natual (fire, flood, earthquake, etc.) or technological (hazardous materials spills, ect.) causes.
- State Engineer's Office
The Wyoming Constitution defines that all natural waters within the boundaries of the state are declared to be the property of the state. The Wyoming State Engineer's Office (SEO) is charged with the regulation and administration of the water resources in Wyoming. SEO issues water right permits for the benefit and use and appropriation of both surface and underground water. Other programs include Safety of Dams, Weather Modification, federal cooperative programs and interstate streams matters relating to Wyoming's compacts and court decrees.
- Wyoming At Work
The Wyoming At Work website is an employment tool provided by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services. It provides employment services to employers and job-seekers.
- Wyoming Film Office
The Wyoming Film Office works hand-in-hand with the film, television and advertising industries bringing production into the state. It’s the Film Office’s function to foster interest in Wyoming among film makers, and once those film makers decide to shoot in-state, to provide them with a positive production experience. The Film Office likewise responds to requests from production companies for location information, utilizing its extensive image library for up-to-date information about potential sites.
- Wyoming Highway Patrol
The Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) is the highway patrol agency for Wyoming, which has jurisdiction anywhere in the state. It was created to protect the lives, property and constitutional rights of people in Wyoming. It is also tasked with providing security and transportation to the Governor of the State of Wyoming. Its divisions include Safety and Training, Field Operations, and Port of Entry.
- Wyoming Kids Page
Wyoming Kids Page is the state of Wyoming's web page made especially for kids. It includes links to other websites about the state; puzzles and fun stuff; stories about Wyoming; the Wyoming Tourism Kid's Page; Wyoming Schools; and Wyoming Wildlife Wildtimes, which is an online publication by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
- Wyoming State Archives
The Wyoming State Archives provides services through four work units: Reference, Research and Historical Photos; Records Management; and Micrographics. The Archives also sponsors or participates in workshops, conferences, and various other events pertaining to Wyoming history and the preservation and management of records.
- Wyoming State Climatologist
The Wyoming State Climate Office (SCO) is a branch of the Wyoming Water Resources Data System (WRDS). Together, WRDS and the SCO are the single largest providers of water and climate-related data in the state. SCO provides a variety of services, ranging from the development of enhanced drought-monitoring products to the online dissemination of water and climate data.
- Wyoming State Geological Survey
The Wyoming State Geological Survey is a Separate Operating Agency under the executive branch of state government. The Geological Survey's purposes are (1) to study, examine, and understand the geology, mineral resources, and physical features of the state; (2) to prepare, publish, and distribute (free or for sale) reports and maps of the state's geology, mineral resources, and physical features; and (3) to provide information, advice, and services related to the geology, mineral resources, and physical features of the state.
- Wyoming State Library
The Wyoming State Library provides information and services for Wyominites and website visitors, librarians & information specialists, and state employees and public policy researchers. The Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, provides federal funds to Wyoming under the management of the Wyoming State Library.
- Wyoming State Museum
The mission of the Wyoming State Museum is to serve as an educational, historical, and cultural institution, whose goal is to collect, preserve, and interpret artifacts that reflect the human and natural history of Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain West.
- Wyoming Tourism
Wyomingtourism.org is Wyoming's official state travel website. It provides comprehensive information on Wyoming hotels, ski resorts and other lodging, attractions, activities, arts, dining and entertainment options, calendar of events, weather, transportation, Yellowstone and other state and national parks.
Wyoming Boards and Commissions
- Board of Nursing
The Wyoming Board of Nursing is responsible for the protection of the public's health, welfare, and safety through the regulation of nursing, nursing education, nursing practice, and disciplinary standards. The Board's responsiblity is to implement a cost-effective and efficient system of regulation which meets the consumer demand for safe, competent, ethical practitioners of nursing which includes advanced practice registered nurses, registered professional nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants.
- Oil and Gas Commission
The Oil and Gas Commission regulates, for conservation purposes, the drilling, producing and plugging of oil and gas wells, injection and disposal wells, seismic operations, and surface reclamation of affected areas. It holds hearings on requests for approval of well spacing, enhanced recovery projects and other matters.
- Public Service Commission
The Public Service Commission (PSC) regulates the rates, pricing, services, service quality and safety of Wyoming electric, gas, water, essential telecommunications and intrastate pipeline companies, excluding competitive telecommunications services, municipal water utilities, municipal gas and electric utilities operating within municipalities, retail rates of rural electric cooperatives, and certain other operations.
- Real Estate Commission
The mission of the Real Estate Commission and the Certified Real Estate Appraiser Board is to assist and protect consumers of real estate services and foster economic growth in Wyoming. Through their programs of education, licensing and industry regulation, the Real Estate Commission and the Certified Real Estate Appraiser Board ensure the availability of capable and honest real estate service providers.
- Wyoming Arts Council
The mission of the Wyoming Arts Council (WAC) is to enhance the quality of life for the people of Wyoming by providing resources to sustain, promote and cultivate the arts.
- Wyoming Board of Certified Public Accountants
The Wyoming Board of Certified Public Accountants regulates CPAs and CPA firms in the public's interest. The Board's mission is to ensure consumers of accounting services are protected by requiring CPAs and CPA firms to meet the highest level of professional competence through: verification of education and experience requirements; requiring continuing professional education; and responding to consumer complaints.
- Wyoming Community College Commission
Wyoming’s seven community colleges provide affordable, quality services to all students. As comprehensive institutions, they provide not only two-year transfer degrees, but many customized certificates and industry-specific programs as well. The community colleges are supported by the Wyoming Community College Commission, a coordinating board of seven commissioners appointed by the Governor. The mission and purpose of the Commission is to provide coordination, advocacy, and accountability for the Community College System on behalf of the State of Wyoming.
- Wyoming Water Development Commission
The Wyoming Water Development Program was established in 1975 to promote the optimal development of the state's human, industrial, mineral, agricultural, water and recreational resources. The program provides, through the Wyoming Water Development Commission, procedures and policies for the planning, selection, financing, construction, acquisition, and operation of projects.