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Michigan Public RecordsMichigan offers a wide variety of records available to the public as an open records state. Available are Michigan birth records, death, marriage and divorce records through the Department of Community Health. However, birth records are restricted to authorized recipients. However, anyone may verify a vital record without receiving a copy. Other Michigan public records include access to court records. Many courts offer online access to civil and criminal court records, as well as divorce records. Michigan court records can also be requested in person from the court that handled the case. Michigan criminal records are available to the public online through the State Police website, although only conviction information is open to the public. Explore the Archives of Michigan’s public records, including military records, cemetery and vital records. The Library of Michigan holds obituaries and additional Michigan cemetery records, military and vital records.

  • Michigan birth records are restricted to authorized recipients. These MI public records may be requested from the Department of Community Health in person, by mail or online with VitalChek.
  • Michigan death records, marriage and divorce records are not restricted and are available from the Department of Community Health in person, by mail or online through VitalChek.
  • Michigan court records can be viewed online through most of the Circuit and District Courts and some counties or requested in person.
  • Request Michigan criminal records online on anyone from the State Police. There is a fee for this service.
  • View historic Michigan military records, cemetery and vital records at the Archives of Michigan and the Library of Michigan, which adjoin each other. The Library also houses obituaries.
  • About Michigan Public Records

    Michigan is an open records state, and subsequently, most of its records are widely available to the public. However, Michigan birth records are protected for 100 years from date of issue. After this, anyone may request them. Also part of Michigan public records are death, marriage and divorce records, which are not restricted. For a smaller fee, anyone may request a verification of record, including restricted Michigan birth records, since no record copy is distributed. The Department of Community Health, the state repository for vital records, offers Michigan birth records, death and marriage records as early as 1867 and divorce records as early as 1897.

    Searching Michigan Gov Public Records

    The Michigan Administrative Office of the Courts operates One Court of Justice, a website that provides an overview of the Michigan court system.  This website lists the role each court plays, as well as contact information. There is also a trial courts directory that can be narrowed down to include all state courts that offer online access to Michigan court records. The list is quite extensive. Although there is no central online access to Michigan gov public records, this directory with links is an invaluable resource.

    Available online for most of these courts are civil and criminal court records, as well as divorce records. These can be viewed online, although access to a complete case record means contacting the court that handled the case. If your court isn’t listed as offering online access to Michigan gov public records, you can still view Michigan court records in person. Also available online is access to Michigan criminal records through the State Police, which is available to anyone.

    Performing an Historic Michigan Public Records Search

    The Archives of Michigan is connected, physically, to the Library of Michigan, although they operate independently. They are located in Lansing and welcome visitors. The Archives offers access to Michigan military records pertaining to early territorial conflicts, the Civil War, Spanish American War, and World Wars I and II. The Library offers access to Michigan military records that cover the Revolutionary War, Indian Wars, Mexican War, War of 1812, Civil War and both World Wars. A Michigan public records search should include both facilities for a broader view of records available.

    The Archives also offers Michigan cemetery records, with some related specifically to the Civil War. The Library also offers cemetery records in Michigan. The Library also offers online access to search the available records collections to determine what specific records are housed there. Vital records and obituaries will also turn up in a Michigan public records search of the Library. Neither facility requires an admittance fee, and the Archives accepts limited research requests for a fee for those who can’t visit.



     
    State of Michigan Resources & Statistics
    Separator Line

    Population:
    10,422,003

     
    Under 18:
    2,856,446

     
    Over 65:
    1,152,280

     
    Employed:
    5,222,542

     
    Land in Square Miles:
    56,803.82

     
    Acres of Farms:
    10,958,142

     
    Births:
    127,706

     
    Deaths:
    86,867

     
    Infant Deaths:
    926

     
     
    Murder:
    542

     
    Forcible Rape:
    4,502

     
    Robbery:
    12,964

     
    Assault:
    32,158

     
    Total Violent Crime:
    50,166

     
    Burglary:
    74,176

     
    Larceny \ Theft:
    183,168

     
    Motor Vehicle Theft:
    36,241

     
    Total Property Crime:
    293,585

     
    Michigan Public Records Locations
    Department of State Police
    Criminal Justice Information Center
    7150 Harris Dr
    Lansing, MI 48913
    Phone:
    517-322-5509

    Fax:
    517-322-5350










    Attorney General's Office
    PO Box 30212
    Lansing, MI 48909
    Phone:
    517-373-1110

    Fax:
    517-373-3042










     
    Department of Health
    Vital Records Requests
    PO Box 30721
    Lansing, MI 48909
    Fax:
    517-321-5884










    Department of Labor & Economic Growth
    Bureau of Commercial Services - Corp Div
    PO Box 30054
    Lansing, MI 48909-7554
    Phone:
    517-241-6470

    Fax:
    517-241-0538










     
    Michigan State Police, Criminal History Section
    Criminal Justice Information Center
    7150 Harris Dr
    Lansing, MI 48913
    Phone:
    517-322-1956

    Fax:
    517-322-0635










    Department of Health
    Vital Records Requests
    PO Box 30721
    Lansing, MI 48909
    Fax:
    517-321-5884










     
    Department of Health
    Vital Records Requests
    PO Box 30721
    Lansing, MI 48909
    Fax:
    517-321-5884










    Department of State
    Record Lookup Unit
    7064 Crowner Dr
    Lansing, MI 48918
    Fax:
    517-322-1181










     
    MI Department of Labor & Econ Growth
    Adult Education - GED Testing
    201 N Washington Square, 3rd Fl
    Lansing, MI 48913
    Phone:
    517-373-1692

    Fax:
    517-335-3461










    Governor's Office
    PO Box 30013
    Lansing, MI 48909
    Phone:
    517-373-3400

    Fax:
    517-335-6863










     
    Michigan Department of Corrections
    Central Records Office
    PO Box 30003
    Lansing, MI 48909
    Phone:
    517-373-3651

    Fax:
    517-373-2558










    Michigan Legislature Document Room
    State Capitol
    PO Box 30036
    Lansing, MI 48909
    Phone:
    517-373-0169










     
    Department of Health
    Vital Records Requests
    PO Box 30721
    Lansing, MI 48909









    Michigan State Police
    SOR Section
    7150 Harris Dr
    Lansing, MI 48913
    Phone:
    517-322-4938

    Fax:
    517-322-4957










     
    State Archives of Michigan
    Michigan Historical Center
    702 W. Kalamazoo
    Lansing, MI 48909
    Fax:
    517-241-1658










    State Court Administrative Office
    PO Box 30048
    Lansing, MI 48909
    Phone:
    517-373-0130

    Fax:
    517-373-7517










     
    MI Department of State
    UCC Section
    PO Box 30197
    Lansing, MI 48909-7697
    Phone:
    517-322-1144

    Fax:
    517-322-5434










    Department of State
    Record Lookup Unit
    7064 Crowner Dr
    Lansing, MI 48918
    Phone:
    517-322-1624

     
    888-767-6424

    Fax:
    517-322-1181










     
    Secretary of State
    Bureau of Elections
    PO Box 20126
    Lansing, MI 48901
    Phone:
    517-373-2540

    Fax:
    517-241-4785










    Department of Labor & Economic Dev.
    Workers' Compensation Agency
    7150 Harris Dr
    Lansing, MI 48909
    Phone:
    888-396-5041

    Fax:
    517-322-1808