Freedom of Information Act Process for the Department of State

Michigan's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), MCL 15.231 et seq, 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 as the Department is not required to perform legal or other research to determine the nature of records sought by a requestor. The Department may charge a fee to cover the cost of complying with a person's FOIA request. Specifying exact search terms and date ranges will assist the Department in searching for potentially responsive documents and reduce your potential costs.    

FOIA requests directed to this Department can be sent to:



USPS Mailing Address:
Michigan Department of State
Attn: FOIA Coordinator
P.O. Box 30204
Lansing, MI 48918


Requests MUST include:

  • the requesting person's complete name
  • requesting person's address in compliance with United States Postal Service addressing standards
  • valid telephone number or electronic mail address

View the Department's written procedures and guidelines.

View a written public summary of the Department's procedures and guidelines.

Please note that Driver and Vehicle Records are not subject to the FOIA fee schedule, but are governed by the fees shown at the top of this webpage.