Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Records Requests

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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

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 the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 1976 PA 442. The people shall be informed so that they may fully participate in the democratic process.

Michigan's FOIA provides that persons can receive copies or make inspections of most public records 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.

View the Michigan Department of State Police FOIA Procedures and Guidelines.

View the Michigan Department of State Police FOIA Written Public Summary.

View information on the Michigan Department of State Police Transparency Liaison.

Fees and Payment

For more information regarding the fees for public records, see the MSP’s FOIA Procedures and Guidelines or the MSP's FOIA Written Public Summary.

For requestors that meet the indigency criteria, you may submit an Affidavit of Indigency along with your request. If you qualify, the first $20 of the fee will be waived.

Fees for MSP Records Request Portal submissions can be paid directly within the portal (which includes a $2.00 processing fee). Fees for requests submitted by email, fax, or mail can be paid using our online payment center (which includes a $2.00 processing fee).

If you prefer, you can mail a check or money order (payable to the STATE OF MICHIGAN) to Michigan State Police, Cashiers Unit, P.O. Box 30266, Lansing, Michigan 48909. To ensure proper credit, please include your CR Number (available on the FOIA letter) with your payment, or a copy of the letter.