Michigan Public Records

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Useful statewide databases appear on this page.  Use the menu to the left to search by type (category) of record, search licenses, or access records in cities and counties.

  • Court System - The Michigan court system has 4 levels. At the first are the District Courts and Probate Courts. The former are responsible for civil cases of $25K or less, traffic violations, misdemeanors, and preliminary hearings for felonies. The latter handles wills, estates, and protection of incompetent persons. At the second level are the Circuit Courts and the Court of Claims. The former handles felonies, civil cases over $25K, family law cases, and some appeals from lower courts. The latter handles civil suits against the State, and disputes between citizens and administrative agencies. At the third level is the Court of Appeals, which reviews decisions from the lower courts. At the top level is the Supreme Court, which reviews decisions from the Appeals court and lower courts.  Michigan Court Records
  • Criminal Records - Misdemeanors and traffic violations are handled by the District Court. Felonies are handled by the Circuit Court.  For database access and information on ordering official state background checks, go to our Michigan Criminal Records page.
  • Vital Records - Certificate copies are provided by: Vital Records Requests, 201 Townsend Street, Capitol View Building, 3rd Floor, Lansing, MI 48913, (517) 335-8666. Check our Vital Records page for historical and current birth databases; the Social Security Death Index for Michigan, statewide historical deaths, and death notices, cemetery records, and obituaries from available cities & counties; historical marriage databases, and marriages from available counties; and links to divorce court records in available counties.


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A to Z of Online Services

Use this service to navigate to the State of Michigan's A-Z list of state services, forms, information, databases, and directories.

Attorney General of Michigan Opinions

Browse or search the Michigan Attorney General's database of opinions.

Bankruptcies, Judgments, Tax Liens  Pay Site

There isn't a free resource that gives you statewide or nationwide bankruptcies, judgments, and tax liens, so we worked to make this available for you. For $5.00 you can search Michigan statewide or all states and once and get immediate results.

Birth Records | 1867-1902

Search Michigan for birth records filed between 1867 and 1902 and view images of the documents.

Births and Christenings | 1775-1995

Over 1.6 million Michigan birth and christening records filed between 1775 and 1995.

Campaign Finance Database

Provided by the Michigan Department of State. Details financial records of expenditures and contributions. This is a well-designed and informative service as it tells you who is giving what to whom. If politics is a commodity, then this tells you who is buying and who is selling.

Census | 1870

Michigan 1870 Census Index search from FamilySearch.

Company Search | Certificate Verification

Verify the certificate number of a State of Michigan official document.

Company Search | County Assumed Business Names

Search county records in Michigan for fictitious and assumed business names.

Company Search | Historic Records

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs "corporate card" index of images of historic corporate card files.

Company Search | Rejected Filings

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs searchable index of rejected corporate filings.

Company Search | Trademarks

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs index of registered trademarks and servicemarks.

County Records

Use the drop-down menu in the left-hand column of this page or go here to navigate to available records in Michigan counties.

Court Opinions | Court of Appeals & Supreme Court

Search this Michigan Courts service for Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Opinions by party name, docket number, keyword, or use their advanced search feature.

Court Opinions | Supreme Court & Court of Appeals

Michigan Courts search for Supreme Court & Court of Appeals opinions and orders.

Court Records | Court of Claims

Court of Claims is the Court established to hear civil cases filed against the State of Michigan. Go here to search case records.

Court Records | PACER Federal District Courts  Pay Site

PACER United States District Court civil, criminal, and bankruptcy records for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan.

Court Records | Supreme Court & Court of Appeals

Michigan Courts case search for Supreme Court and Court of Appeals records.

Courts | Native American Tribal Courts Directory  Information

Access the websites for the Tribal Courts for the twelve recognized Michigan Tribes.

Courts | Trial Court Directory

Use the interactive map or search by county name for Circuit, District, and Probate courts in Michigan counties.

Crime Reports

Search this Michigan State Police service for statistics reports on offenses and arrests in Michigan.

Deaths and Burials | 1800-1995

Index of over 1.3 million Michigan death and burial records filed between 1800 and 1995.

Decisions | Administrative Hearings and Rules

Michigan Administrative Hearing System hearings and decisions.

Decisions | Workers’ Compensation Appellate Commission

Search for Worker Compensation Appellate Commission decisions in Michigan by docket number, plaintiff, defendant, date mailed and/or citation.


There are far too many categories of professional, medical, and business licenses in Michigan to list on this page, so we've set up two ways you may access the state verification services: use the "Michigan Licenses" drop-down menu in the left-hand column, or click here for a list with descriptions.

Lost & Found Automobiles

Michigan Department of State service. Search by Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or plate number for vehicles that were abandoned on public or private property.

Marriages | 1822-1995

Database of approximately 2 million Michigan marriage records filed between 1822 and 1995.

Marriages | 1868-1925

Marriage records filed between 1868 and 1925.

Missing Children

Michigan missing children search.

Missing Persons

Missing persons reports for Michigan are now provided by the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs).

Missing | Unidentified Remains

Browse this Michigan State Police listing of reconstructions of unidentified persons.

Naturalization Record Indexes

Search Michigan indexes of Immigration and Naturalization Records. Provided by the Library of Michigan archives.

Online Services by Department

This page offers a wide variety of online services, license verification, and online databases organized by department.

Permits & Inspections

Search the Michigan Permit Manager records for permits and request inspections. Search for electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits by address, permit number, or license number.

Public Notices

Search by keyword, county, city, or newspaper for public and legal notices.

State Employees - Email Directory

Click on "Email" to search this State of Michigan Department of Information Technology service by name for state employee email addresses.

State Employees - Phone Directory

Click on "Phone" to search this State of Michigan Department of Information Technology service by name for state employee phone numbers.

Subdivision Plats

Search by subdivision and county name for Michigan subdvision plat files. Provides access to printable digital images and related documents.

Tax Tribunal | Decisions

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Tax Tribunal decisions.

Tax Tribunal | Dockets

Tax Docket search from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Tax Tribunal.


Browse the Michigan Townships Online index for Michigan Townships that provide online website access.

Uniform Commercial Code

Michigan Secretary of State Uniform Commercial Code filings. You have two options: one is to do a free Debtor Name Quick Search; or register and pay a fee for a subscription account and access additional search options and document certification.

Workers Compensation Insurance Coverage Lookup

Search for current coverage information on businesses in Michigan.

Michigan is located in the Great Lakes region of the United States. The Capital is Lansing and the largest city is Detroit.  The Official Web Site is located at http://www.michigan.gov/.  Michigan is the 10th most populous state in the United States.  The 2014 population estimate is 9,909,877 and the 2010 census population was 9,884,133.  The land area is 56,538.90 square miles and there are 174.8 persons per square mile.

80.1% of the population is White, 14.3% is Black or African American, 4.7% is Hispanic or Latino, 2.7% is Asian, 0.7% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 2.2% are two or more races. 88.9% are a high school graduate or higher, and 25.9% have a Bachelor degree or higher.

The median home value is $121,700. There are on average 2.53 persons per household, the per capita income is $25,681, the median household income is $48,411, and 16.8% of the persons in Michigan are considered below poverty level.

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