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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


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Ask Questions, About Michigan

  • 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)
  • 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 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)