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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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  • 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.
  • Where can I find, in Michigan, a copy of my court records?
    State, federal, city, and county courts will generally have separate sites to access their court records. For Michigan state courts, this link http://courts.mi.gov/Pages/default.aspxwill go to the courts' home page; then, you can navigate to case searches for appellate or supreme courts.
  • Where can I find contact information for a property owner in Michigan?
    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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Michigan Free Public Records Directory

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

Michigan Latest Crime Records (Updated 12/08/2022)
  • Total Violent Crime:
    43,686
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    556
  • Rape:
    7,235
  • Robbery:
    5,350
  • Aggravated Assault:
    30,545
  • Total Property Crime:
    158,296
  • Burglary:
    28,572
  • Larceny Theft:
    111,980
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    17,744
Michigan Census Data
  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    9,883,640
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    9,938,492
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    -1%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    -54,804
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    9,938,444
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    616,055
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    6%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    2,349,892
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    24%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    13%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    1,339,772
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    51%
  • State's white resident population
    7,803,120
  • State's black resident population
    1,400,362
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    62,007
  • State's Asian resident population
    238,199
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    2,604
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    230,319
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    436,358
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    7,569,939
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    79%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    14%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    4%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    77%
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in Michigan
  • Births
    125,261
  • Deaths
    86,721
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    995
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    85%
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of Michigan Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    6%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    9%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    87%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    25%
  • Total number of Veterans
    751,248
  • 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
    4,541,680
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    307,418
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    7%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    75%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $147,500
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    18%
  • Total number of households
    3,860,160
  • Average size of households
    3
  • 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
    $25,172
  • Statewide income of median households in Michigan
    $45,254
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    16%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $345,940
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $34,423
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    4,888,722
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    665,020
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    14%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    5,454,613
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    -174,885
  • People employed by the government
    671,033
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    262,266,065
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    48,082
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    229,310
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