Michigan Public Records

Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act, MCL § 15.232, is the law governing public access to information that is deemed public information in Michigan. The law extends to almost all government records in Michigan, but does specifically exempt some types of records. Discoverable information includes criminal records, mug shots, salaries, and meeting minutes and agendas. In Michigan, every government office, including the city, village, township, county, and state levels, is required to name a Freedom of Information Act coordinator. Generally, requests should be in writing, as specific as possible, and include any requested fees. Agencies must respond to a FOIA request within five days, but may respond by denying the request or requesting additional time to fulfill the request.

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More About Michigan

Michigan is the nation’s tenth-most populous state. As of 2016, its population was estimated to be 9,928,300. Detroit is Michigan’s largest city. Michigan is located in the Midwest in an area specifically known as the Great Lakes Region. It is known for its abundance of lakes; in addition to the large lakes in the area, there are thousands of smaller lakes. Michigan has a diverse economy, but is known as the hub of the American automotive industry. Other important industries include tourism, high-tech, and manufacturing.


MI Vital Records

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services maintains vital statistics including birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage and divorce records. You can access that information at the state vital records office, over the phone, or online.

Birth Records

The Michigan Department of Health partners with a third-party vendor to provide birth records. You can order them online, by phone, or through the mail. To receive a birth record, you must be the individual named on the record or a parent or guardian. In addition, the offer affidavits of paternity to show paternity when the father is not named on the birth certificate.

Death Records

The Michigan Department of Health partners with a third-party vendor to provide death records. You can order them online, by phone, or through the mail.

Marriage Records

You can request marriage records from a third-party vendor associated with The Michigan Department of Health. You can also request records by phone, or through the mail.

Divorce Records

The Michigan Department of Health partners with a third-party vendor to provide divorce records. You can order them online, by phone, or through the mail. To receive a birth record, you must be the individual named on the record or a parent or guardian

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