Michigan Public Records

About Michigan Open Public Record

The Michigan state legislature enacted the first version of the Michigan Freedom of Information Act in 1977, though court rulings in the state go back as far as 1889 and express the idea that the records of government belong to the public and not to the government officials who are their custodians. The Michigan Open Meetings Act, OMA requires that governmental meetings be conducted in public, with certain exceptions. There are 83 counties in the state of Michigan. Michigan has 276 cities, 257 villages, 1,240 townships, and numerous unincorporated communities in its 83 counties. Counties and municipalities serve as a local branches of Michigan's state government. The Criminal Justice Information Center is the state repository for all arrests, charges, and convictions of serious crimes committed in Michigan. All law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and courts send information that is matched together and forms the criminal history record database. Search Michigan public records using official state websites which are organized in an easy to access format. Obtain birth, death, and other vital records from sites maintained by the state of Michigan and made available to the general public. Recorded documents and general information regarding government procedures, public services, and resources are accessible at the city, county, or state level. Find state crime reports and statistics. Discover links leading to Michigan criminal background checks and search state court case records. Learn facts about property and land values and obtain current housing and real estate data. Read the latest news reports of local interest. Find out about businesses operating in the state and learn gender and ethnicity facts about privately owned firms. View data concerning income and employment facts for Michigan residents and obtain information relative to citizen education and background histories. Get population numbers and other demographic information. Pertinent Information of concern to Michigan residents is frequently updated to allow access to the latest facts and figures available.
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Ask Questions, About Michigan

  • In Michigan, if I perform a search and subsequently print off the reports is the subject of the search informed?
    The details for the "Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT)" (if that's the one that was used) can be accessed with the "Michigan Criminal Records" link above. That search is conducted by the Michigan state patrol, and only informs about their own service, not what other services do. (Staff)
  • How do I find out in Michigan, if a person in a state has been arrested?
    Most arrest are made by local law enforcement, such as city police or county sheriffs. They tend to have their own sites with inmates lists, sometimes called arrest logs. Periodicals such as local news also publish recent arrests online for the public. (Staff)
  • How do I find information in Michigan on my deceased biological father?
    Do you already know the first, last and full middle name? Past residences? Date of death? Any known relatives? If it's a common name you will need to narrow it down by location. The location can then give you names of relatives to expand your search. (Staff)
  • How do I find Michigan, police reports for York Creek Apartments in 2016?
    There are several crime mapping services which are free and open to the public. You will see icons of different crimes by location. Not all areas are not covered. (Staff)
  • How do I find out in Michigan, if I have outstanding warrants?
    Depends on where you need to look, for Wayne County, their sheriff department has an open public search of warrants, Lansing and Midland release a list (as opposed to a data search form). If you are not sure, try as many of the public ones as possible. Active warrants or outstanding warrants (they basically mean the same thing) are issued by the courts/judges, and they have a copy of it also. (Staff)
  • Where do I find in Michigan, a divorce record?
    From the state of Michigan vital records office, or you can go to the court house and get them from the county legal records division, you will need to know which county. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Michigan, if someone died in my house?
    Check the laws on your own, specially when they're such a drastic difference from state to state. Michigan Seller Disclosure Act 92 of 1993 addresses disclosure of the property's physical condition. There are some laws that covers real estate agents, and other types transfers such as probate and others do not fall under the same statutes. (Staff)
  • How can I see Michigan, arrest records of a particular person?
    You will need to know where the arrest occurred unless it was by the Michigan state police. Then, each county of city police department will have a process for the public to request a police arrest report. There are sites that have been popping up showing arrests and mug shots online. They look similar to police arrest logs or booking lists, but they're not under the control of law enforcement. Law enforcement is generally the source of the information, published by their individual websites, so they will have the most up to date information. If you already know the area, you can directly go to the department which made the arrest and check their jail/inmate page. There are 83 counties in Michigan, if you don't know the area, you can do a people search to narrow the area. You have to keep in mind that searching for address finds only that, which tell you where the person lived, not where they were arrested. Checking all sources is good, as long as you are aware of how current the information is, and not to unknowingly rely on a single site, specially private sites that aren't updated or government county/city sites that are limited to their area. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Michigan, if an arrest warrant was issued?
    From which county is the warrant issued. the district court in Lansing for example has a warrants list published online. There is a "See if you are on the warrant list: link that will open a pdf with a list of names which have warrants issued. There are others, but it would be easier to know where the warrant was issued out of. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Michigan, if arrest records are publicly available or only available to law enforcement members?
    Arrest records, more commonly known as arrest reports are requested by persons other than law enforcement regularly. Common requestors are defense attorneys, prosecutors' offices, the individual arrested and others that qualify by being related to the arrest/case/report. There are policies imposed by departments that can keep some from requesting arrest reports. you can see these requirements on the individual police department's websites. An arrest report is a document produced by the arresting officer. A record of arrest can be found in many places such as databases that show persons currently in jail. These are inmate searches, also names jail lists, arrest logs and other similar terms. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Michigan, which arrest records are public information?
    Arrest records are generally provided by the arresting police or sheriffs department. The state of Michigan's state police provides background checks which uses a repository of arrests, charges and convictions involving serious crimes. There are other ways to look up recently arrested persons by check individual agencies throughout the state. Arrestee searches are found under terms such as inmates, jail, booking log, prison, custody and offender. These lists can be found within police/sheriff department webpages. If anyone has used the state police's criminal history records search, please share with others about the satisfaction of the results, accuracy and whether it was worth the cost. There are free criminal court records across Michigan in local jurisdictions also. You will need to check individual location sites to see which are free online like the one Detroit has. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Michigan, a copy of my court records?
    State, federal, city and county courts will generally have separate sites for access to their court records. For Michigan state courts, this link go to the courts' home page, then you can navigate to case searches for appellate or supreme courts. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Michigan, contact information for the owner of a property?
    There is a state search of property records from the Michigan Land Bank and County Register of Deeds, for more local searches. The county I checked (Wayne), has a free public search and the statewide search does as well (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Michigan, a copy of my married license?
    You can request marriage licenses from the Michigan vital records office online or by mail. Their webpage lists a phone number where you can ask for their policy in qualifying to obtain them. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Michigan, if an offender is out on parole or sentenced to jail for a violation?
    IF the offenders are in the custody of the Michigan's department of corrections, the doc's online inmate search shows a biographical profile of persons in their facility. You can see open public information of the inmate's status, description, probation or sentences, supervision conditions. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Michigan, the family tree of Jerry Lee Potter who just passed in 2011, including his father (same name), mother Beverly and grandfathers and grandmothers?
    With common names, such as the one mentioned, searching becomes more difficult when compared to more unique names. Searches with common names can be helped with additional information such as past city of residence, date of birth or approximate and small details. Also, with a name that seems shortened, it would be best to mention whether that is actually the full legal name or it is a nickname which would not show up in public records. Any information can be helpful, even when they seem to be useless at the time. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Michigan, my brother's father?
    The more information that is detailed, the better the search can be conducted and be successful. Even when there is little information, small factors such as the area where any trace can be found or mentioned as a possibility of accuracy should be mentioned. Many public records are free to search, however, takes work to look in the many different places where that open information can be found. Approximate age is very helpful, many free sites offer approximate ages. (Staff)
  • Juvenile records are not under the same guidelines as records of persons 18 and over. Therefore the fact that the subject can be either, the answer would be different. Other factors which matter are whether it is criminal or civil, the court's venue or area or the trial, was there a trial, was there legal counsel, a guardian, public defender or private practice attorney representing. There are many bits and pieces of information which are greatly helpful that do not disclose personal information. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Michigan, the names of companies that went out of business since 2013?
    Statistics from the bankruptcy courts show the number and types of filings, 7, 11, 13... individual cases can with names are different as stats don't usually mention names of companies. Local periodicals show the larger companies which have filed. Bankruptcy filings are public records but they may need to be individually viewed to see the names. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Michigan, a copy of my divorce record?
    Divorce cases are at the county level in Michigan. Larger and better funded counties offer more options to obtain records, such as online case searches, regardless of whether it is family, criminal or any type of civil case. Depending on where the divorce was filed, it can be free and instant to view the divorce record in places such as Wayne court or state of Michigan's court webpages. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Michigan, access to arson records from the 1990's?
    Look for the reports of arson in the local publications. Many instances you can see where the source is mentioned. If a news organization can get them, so can the public. You can also check the police department's records division, there may be mention of arson reports posted on their site similar to instructions when requesting arrest or incident reports. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Michigan, and obtain my criminal history record, so I can work at a volunteer organization?
    The Michigan state police conduct background checks and waives the fees for non-profit charitable agencies. However, as a precaution, you should try to find out which background checks are acceptable to that particular company. If you qualify for the background check from the state police, it is the first one I would try based on the fact that it is a government agency and not a private company. Be aware that background checks can be broader than simply a criminal records search. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Michigan, the death record for Russell Adams?
    Death records come in several different forms. There are official records issued by Michigan Vital Records authorized service, which you can find on the state's department of health and human services with instructions, records go back as far as 1867. Same link as the birth records'. Record can mean information, therefore, death information can be viewed by looking up obituaries online. Clerks throughout the state can also issue death records if it occurred within their county. (Staff)

Michigan Latest Crime Records (Updated 01/21/2021)

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Michigan American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 01/21/2021)

  • About Michigan ACS Demographic and Housing Estimates
    Michigan's demographic and housing ACS survey of 9,889,024 being 3.15 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 49.1% males and 50.9% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • About Michigan Selected Social Characteristics
    The Michigan social characteristics data of 3,827,880 households, which make up 3.29 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 2,501,059 families with and without children. There are 2,647,203 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • About Michigan Selected Economic Characteristics
    The Michigan American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 7,893,971 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 3.17 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 4,848,321 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • About Michigan Selected Housing Characteristics
    Michigan housing characteristics are collected from 4,532,719 dwellings making up 3.41 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 3,827,880 or uninhabited 704,839 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 3,827,880 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.