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How to Request Michigan Public Records

Every state in the union has made public records available to citizens upon request. Michigan public records are no different - if you are looking for government collected information that is available for public use, all you need to do is request the information from its source, and the state is required to give it to you.

Requesting Information

Michigan public records can most commonly be requested in two different ways:

  • You can go to the government body that holds the records and submit a request for retrieval. Unless sufficient grounds are warranted to prevent providing you with that information, you will be able to receive the documents you are looking for, and possibly make copies for a small fee.
  • You can find much of this information already available on several public database collection websites. These websites have already submitted the requests for you, and have catalogued it online to make it easier for you to find the information you need all in one place.
  • Both of these are good ways to retrieve Michigan public records. Using the internet to access these records is much easier, although you may find that it's preferable to get the information at its source. Either way, Michigan is legally obligated to provide you with this information. It is your right to get access to the documents you are looking for if they are deemed legally obligated to make them available to the public, regardless of why you need it.

    Michigan Birth Records

    If you want a Michigan Birth record checked then it would be better if it’s one after 1867. The state of Michigan started maintaining its vital records in 1867. Anything before that would have to be checked in the church Archives or the city where the birth took place.It would also be better if the person whose birth record you’re looking for is related to you and your name is mentioned on the birth certificate in the category of mother, father or legal guardian, sibling, child or any other legal representative; otherwise it is illegal to take out someone’s birth records if you’re name is not mentioned in them. Michigan state also requires a photographic evidence of you to check your claim of being related to the person whose record is requested. The condition is void if the birth record is more than a hundred years old.In order to check a record you must refer to the office of State Registrar & Center of Health of the Michigan Department of Public Health; located at 3423 North Logan Street, Lasing, MI 48909. You can do so by either going there in person, through a mail order or even an online order.

    Michigan Death Records

    Michigan death records are kept under the Department of Community Health as part of The State of Michigan Vital Records Office. The vital records office is responsible for tending the records of deaths, marriages, and births that date back as far as 1867.

    They accept death record requests online, a mailed in application, or in person, where if you need same day service they must receive your request before 3:00 pm. An Authenticated record is a longer wait, as it takes two to three weeks of processing.

    For certified Michigan death records, which are printed on paper that has an embossed seal for authenticity, there are no requirements. The State of Michigan considers their death records and certificates public information and there is available to anyone that pays the appropriate fees can obtain a certified copy. If you are simply looking for an accurate account of the information you have you can turn to a Verification of Vital Record Facts, anyone is eligible to request a verification of vital facts. The State Department of Community Health does in fact accept urgent requests, they advice that you do so through the online application process, through the third party. There are additional fees associated with expedited service.

    Additional Michigan Resources

    The links listed below lead to government agencies that provide free online access to public record information. 

    For the MOST COMPREHENSIVE RESOURCE  describing all access methods, restrictions, fees, and search procedures on over 28,000 government and private agencies visit the Public Record Research System (PRRS-Web).  We provide the extensive details and in-depth data you will not find doing a Google search!


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