LARA FOIA Process
Freedom Of Information Act Process for the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
It is the public policy of this state that all persons, except those persons incarcerated in state or local correctional facilities, are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those who represent them as public officials and public employees, consistent with this act. The people shall be informed so that they may fully participate in the democratic process.
In the latest step at providing transparency to Michigan citizens, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has announced today that it will allow online payments for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. LARA is one of the first Departments to allow online payments; the only other Department is Michigan State Police.
Online payments offer an expedited way to pay for FOIA processing fees. It will eliminate mail and processing time; therefore, reducing the amount of time to provide documents to requesters.
Michigan's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 1976 PA 442, provides that certain persons can receive copies or make inspections of most public records of public bodies upon written request. The person must sufficiently describe the records he or she seeks. The public body may charge a fee to cover the cost of complying with a person's FOIA request.
FOIA requests directed to this Department can be sent by email, U.S. mail, or fax to:
U.S. Mail: State of Michigan
Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
c/o FOIA Coordinator
Ottawa Bldg., 4th Floor
P.O. Box 30004
Lansing, MI 48909
FOIA public record requests should be sent to the LARA FOIA Office and include a name, phone number, and mailing address.