Michigan Public Records


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The Michigan Open Records Act (Public Act No. 442, MORA) is the set of laws governing public access to public record and governmental transparency for the state of Michigan.  "Public Record" is defined by this law as any  "writing prepared, owned, used, in the possession of, or retained by a public body in the performance of an official function, from the time it is created."  The law further goes on to include in this definition any form of media in which the data is recorded which includes all handwritten and typed documents as well as images, video and audio records in their many forms.

Records that are generally NOT open to the public include:

  • Records that contain private information about a citizen, where disclosure would infringe on their right to privacy or otherwise hinder their safety.
  • Records whose disclosure could potentially compromise any open investigations, interfere with law enforcement proceedings, deprive a person of a fair trial, disclose the identity of a confidential informant, disclose the techniques and procedures of investigators, or otherwise jeopardize the life or physical safety of any law enforcement official.
  • Records that contain information the disclosure of which might prevent effective control over the states correctional system of facilities.
  • Student records including test results, answer keys, status, etc (under the Federal Educational Privacy Act).
  • Medical, Hospital, Doctor/Patient files, mental health, and insurance records are closed to the public under HIPAA Laws.
  • Trade Secrets and any other form of business record either public or private the release of which would provide an unfair advantage, or otherwise negatively effect operations.  This includes bidding for state purchases as the release of that information may negatively effect the final price.
  • Any records that are protected under state or federal laws that prevent their disclosure.

As is the case with most other states, you are not required to submit a records request in writing in the state of Michigan.  It is, however, strongly recommended. Written requests can be less confusing and provide the requester a record of the request if it's needed in an appeal.

Requests for records should be made in to the appropriate state or local agency.

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Michigan Government Info

The Michigan state government is similar to other states in that it has modeled itself after the US Federal example of 3 branches and a bi-cameral legislature.  IN addition to the Governor and Lt. Governor, Michigan residents also elect the Secretary of State and the Attorney General. 

In addition to this, there are 12 federally recognized tribes in Michigan, each with it's own sovereign form of government.  The state generally does not have legal jurisdiction within the borders of the tribal districts.

State Agencies

Statewide Agencies Directory

Birth, Marriage, Divorce, Death Records:
State of Michigan Vital Records Office 201 Townsend Street, Capital Building View, 3rd Floor, Lansing MI 48913
517-335-8656| 517-335-8666

Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 30013, Lansing, Michigan 48909
(517) 373-3400 | (517) 335-7858 - Constituent Services

Michigan History, Arts and Libraries (MHAL)

Administrative Offices
702 West Kalamazoo Street, P.O. Box 30738, Lansing, MI 48909-8238
Phone (517) 241-2236 | (517) 373-0510

Historical Center
702 West Kalamazoo Street, P.O. Box 30740, Lansing, MI 48909-8240
(517) 373-6358

Michigan Archives Digital Collections
(517) 373-1408 | (517) 373-1481

1870 Michigan Census Index and Images
More Census Info

Library of Michigan
702 W. Kalamazoo St., P.O. Box 30007 Lansing, MI 48909-7507
(517) 373-1580
Online Catalog
Genealogy Collection

Records Management Services
3400 N. Grand River Ave., P.O. Box 30026, Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 335-9132

Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth (DELEG)
P.O. Box 30004, Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 373-1820 Directory

Business Look-up

Michigan State Police
Michigan State Police Headquarters
714 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing, Michigan 48823
(517) 332-2521 (info)

Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT)

Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry

FOIA Request information

Office of the Attorney General

Lansing Office
G. Mennen Williams Building, 7th Floor, 525 W. Ottawa St., Lansing, MI 48909
P.O. Box 30212
(517) 373-1110

Detroit Office
Cadillac Place, 10th Floor, 3030 W. Grand Blvd., Suite 10-200, Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 456-0240

Escanaba Office
110 State Office Building, 305 Ludington, Escanaba, MI 49829
(906) 786-0169

Grand Rapids Office
State Office Building, Suite 4C, 350 Ottawa NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 356-0400

Petoskey Office
6 Penn Plaza Building, Petoskey, MI 49770
(231) 348-2922

Consumer Protection Division
P.O. Box 30213, Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 373-1140 | Toll Free (877) 765-8388

Attorney General Opinion Search 1963 to present day

Michigan Department of State
Michigan Department of State, Lansing, MI 48918
(888) 767-6424
SOS Branch Office Locator
SOS Directory of Online Services

Michigan State Legislature
State Senate
Find a Senator
Senator Name, PO Box 30036,Lansing, MI 48909-7536
Secretary of the Senate: (517) 373-2400

House of Representatives
124 North Capitol, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909-7514
517.373.6339

Capitol Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909-7514
Clerk 517.373.0135

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