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Transparency and Freedom of Information Act

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Driver records, vehicle records, bulk information sales, and commercial subscriptions should be requested separately online or by mail.

Freedom of Information Act

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 they seek as the department isn't 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. For additional questions, review the Freedom of Information Act FAQs.

How to submit a FOIA request

A FOIA request must be submitted in writing. For quickest service, requests may be made online using the MDOS FOIA request system.

Online

MiLogin for Business – An individual using State of Michigan online services on behalf of someone else such as a business, organization, or corporation.

Public – An individual using State of Michigan online services for their own personal transactions.

MiLogin for Business login                Public login

Requests may also be submitted by mail or email:

U.S. mail:
Michigan Department of State
Attn: FOIA Coordinator Ottawa Bldg., 4th Floor
P.O. Box 30204
Lansing, MI 48918


Email: MDOS-FOIA@Michigan.gov

 

Your request must include your:

  • First, middle, and last name
  • Address (in compliance with U.S. Postal Service standards)
  • Phone number
  • Email

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