Freedom of Information Act Requests


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To obtain a copy of a Michigan criminal history record, please visit the Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT).

To obtain a copy of a Traffic Crash Report, please visit the Traffic Crash Purchasing System (TCPS).

To obtain other public records in the possession of the Michigan State Police (MSP), please submit your request through the MSP Records Request Portal.  The MSP Records Request Portal requires the creation of a MILogin account and a valid email address.  Responses to online submissions and communications related to your request will be accessible electronically.  You will also have the ability to track the progress of your request online. 

The MSP Records Request Portal can be accessed through MILogin.  View the step-by-step instructions regarding account creation and online submission.

If you chose not to utilize the online submission portal, you may submit your request to the MSP by email to, by fax to 517-241-1935, or by United States Postal Service mail to Michigan State Police, Records Resource Section, P.O. Box 30634, Lansing, Michigan 48909.  Responses to requests received by email, fax, or mail will only be sent by mail through the United States Postal Service. You can use the Request for Public Records Form as a template for your request, but it is not required.  Please, do not submit your request by multiple methods. 

Freedom of Information Act

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.

Have questions?  Check our Frequently Asked Questions.