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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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Michigan Free Public Records Directory


Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

Michigan Free Court Records Search


Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

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 to find out 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)
  • My biological father passed and I'm trying to get some info on him. Please help?
    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)
  • Police reports for York creek apartments 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 if there are any warrants out against me?
    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)

Michigan Most Wanted and Warrants


View a list of names, offender descriptions, location, charges and other information of persons wanted by police and sheriffs

Michigan Missing Children


Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Armoni Hatcher
    Armoni Hatcher, Age Now: 17, Missing: 09/19/2020. Missing From Garden City, Mi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Garden City Police Department (michigan) 1-734-793-1700.
    September 24, 2020
  • Missing: Michael Kitowski
    Michael Kitowski, Age Now: 17, Missing: 09/16/2020. Missing From Saginaw, Mi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Saginaw City Police Department (michigan) 1-989-797-4580.
    September 23, 2020
  • Missing: Brandon Wilson
    Brandon Wilson, Age Now: 17, Missing: 09/16/2020. Missing From Albion, Mi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Albion Department Of Public Safety (michigan) 1-517-629-3933.
    September 22, 2020
  • Missing: Marriah Couch
    Marriah Couch, Age Now: 16, Missing: 08/21/2020. Missing From Detroit, Mi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Detroit Police Department (michigan) 1-313-596-2200.
    September 16, 2020
  • Missing: Fred Bell
    Fred Bell, Age Now: 16, Missing: 09/12/2020. Missing From Redford, Mi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Redford Township Police Department (michigan) 1-313-387-2500.
    September 16, 2020
  • Missing: Ontayia Colen
    Ontayia Colen, Age Now: 17, Missing: 08/21/2020. Missing From Clio, Mi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Genesee County Sheriff's Department (michigan) 1-810-257-3422.
    September 11, 2020

Michigan Recent Criminal Activity Reports


Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

Michigan Missing People


Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources

  • Updated: Missing Person • Pamela Flagg • Breckenridge, Michigan • 52 Years Old
    June 14, 2017
  • Missing Person • Douglas Calhoun • Detroit, Michigan • 39 Years Old
    June 08, 2017
  • Missing Person • Steven Chandler • Allegan, Michigan • 38 Years Old
    June 07, 2017
  • Missing Person • Brenda Jo lyson • Detroit Michigan • 60 Years Old
    April 07, 2017

Michigan Latest Crime Records (Updated 09/28/2020)

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Michigan American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 09/28/2020)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Michigan Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
  • Net change of residents' total population
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
  • State's white resident population
  • State's black resident population
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
  • State's Asian resident population
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in Michigan
  • Births
  • Deaths
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of Michigan Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
  • Total number of Veterans
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data

    Households located in Michigan
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    24 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
  • Net change of housing units estimates
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
  • Total number of households
  • Average size of households
  • Michigan Employment Data

    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
  • Statewide income of median households in Michigan
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
  • The personal income of persons employed
  • Per capita income of persons employed
  • Labor force of civilian workers
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
  • Net change of employment in all industries
  • People employed by the government
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
  • Number of private non farm establishments
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
  • People and Businesses

    Firms and companies of Michigan
  • Total number of firms located in the state
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Land Valuation

    Property value and Michigan territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
  • Size in square miles of land
  • Population per square mile