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Are Michigan Vital Records Open to the public?

Michigan Vital Records are mostly open to the public. The Michigan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) enables access to vital records by members of the public, except where restricted by law provisions or court order. Any member of the public is eligible to request a certified copy of a Michigan death, marriage or divorce records or birth records over 100 years old if the request is made in writing and all required fees are paid.

 

What Information do I need to search for Vital Records Online?

To obtain Michigan Vital Records Online, the requesting party will need to provide pertinent information about the record when making the application. Certain records require the applicant to be eligible to request for the record. This information to be provided will include

  • The location of the event
  • Date of the event
  • Name of the party on the record
  • Name of the applicant

 

Publicly available vital records are also accessible from some third-party websites.* These websites offer the benefit of not being limited by geographical record availability and can often serve as a starting point when researching a specific or multiple records. To find a record using the search engines on these sites, interested parties must provide:

  • The name of someone involved providing it is a not a juvenile
  • The assumed location of the record in question such as a city, county, or state name

 

*Third-party sites are not government-sponsored websites, and record availability may differ from official channels

 

What do I need to obtain Michigan Vital Records?

To obtain a certified copy of a Michigan Vital Record, the applicant will need to pre-pay the processing fee as well as any other applicable fees (which will depend on the method of application). Online applications will come with additional processing fees. For records that have eligibility requirements, the applicant will need to provide a valid form of identification and/or a legal right to the record. Non-certified copies can be obtained by applying for a record search and paying a fee of $11.50. This fee is due even if the records are not located.

 

What is the difference between a Certified Record and a Non-Certified Record?

A long-form certified copy is printed on special security paper and contains a raised, embossed seal. It can only be received by mail after all conditions have been met and fees have been paid. A non-certified copy can be printed from online searches or received for a lesser fee.

Are Michigan Marriage Records Public Information?

Michigan Marriage Records are public information and covered by the Michigan FOIA. As public information, the records are mostly available to the general public on request.

 

How do I find Michigan Marriage Records?

Michigan Marriage Records are available online via the state website or other third-party websites. Michigan Marriage Records can also be obtained by contacting the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS), which maintains all marriage records for unions that occurred in Michigan as early as 1867.

To request a marriage record, download and complete the application form and deliver it to the MDHHS, with a check or money order for the fee. The form can be delivered via mail to

Vital Records Request
P.O. Box 30721
Lansing, MI 48909

In-person deliveries should be made to

Vital Records Office
South Grand Building
1st Floor
333 S Grand Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933

Office hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Mondays to Fridays (except holidays). Applications must be received by 3:00 p.m. to receive same-day service.

Are Michigan Divorce Records Public Information?

Divorce Records in the state of Michigan are classified as public information under the Michigan FOIA. This allows for divorce records to be requested, by members of the general public. Access to records could be restricted by law provisions or court order.

 

How do I find Michigan Divorce Records?

Divorce Records in the state of Michigan can be obtained through an online search. Web services available on the state website and other third-party websites provide online access to divorce records.

The Vital Records Office of the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) maintains all divorce records for the state of Michigan and has records of divorces filed with the state as early as 1897. To obtain a divorce record from the MDHHS, download and complete the application form and deliver it to the MDHHS. To deliver by mail, send the completed form and a money order or check to

Vital Records Request
P.O. Box 30721
Lansing, MI 48909

To deliver the application in-person go to

Vital Records Office
South Grand Building
1st Floor
333 S Grand Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933

Office hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Mondays to Fridays (except holidays). Applications must be received by 3:00 p.m. to receive same-day service.

Are Michigan Birth Records Public Information?

Authorized copies of a Michigan Birth Records can only be requested by

  • The person named on the record
  • A parent named on the record
  • A court-appointed legal guardian of the person on the record

 

A legal representative of the person on the record is also eligible to make a request. Records over 100 years old are exempted from these restrictions and can be requested by any member of the general public. The Vital Records Office of the MDHHS retains birth records from 1867 and Affidavits of Parentage from June 1, 1997. Affidavits prior to this date are located at the relevant county court.

 

How do I find Michigan Birth Records?

Michigan Birth Records can be found by searching online or by submitting a request to the Vital Records Office of the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS). Online searches can be made on the state website or other third-party websites.

To submit a request to the MDHHS, download and complete the application form. Request submissions can be made by mail or in-person. Submissions by mail should be made to

Vital Records Request
P.O. Box 30721
Lansing, MI 48909

Application form should be accompanied by a check or money order for the fee and valid photo identification of the requesting party. This is not applicable to records that are over 100 years old.

In-person submissions should be made at

Vital Records Office
South Grand Building
1st Floor
333 S Grand Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933

Office hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Mondays - Fridays (except holidays). To receive same-day service, the request must be submitted by 3:00 p.m..

Are Michigan Death Records Open to the Public?

Records of deaths in the state of Michigan are generally open to the public. Michigan Death records are categorized as public records and under the Michigan FOIA are available to the general public, except where restricted by a provision of the law or court order.

 

How do I find Michigan Death Records?

Death records in the state of Michigan can be found by performing an online search using web services available on the state website or other third-party websites. Michigan death records can similarly be found by submitting a request to the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS). The Vital Record Office of the MDHHS maintains death records for the state of Michigan from as early as 1867. Record requests can be made by mail or in-person. Persons requesting by mail should download and complete the application form and, along with a money order or check for the fee, mail to

Vital Records Request
P.O. Box 30721
Lansing, MI 48909

Persons making an in-person application should visit

Vital Records Office
South Grand Building
1st Floor
333 S Grand Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933

Office hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Mondays - Fridays (except holidays). To receive same-day service, the request must be submitted by 3:00 p.m..

How do I find Sealed Michigan Vital Records?

Adoption Records are the only records which, when filed with the State Vital Records Office, are sealed. This is done on the order of the court which finalized the adoption. To unseal an adoption record and obtain a copy of the adoption decree or a copy of an original birth certificate or information about biological parents, interested parties will need to contact the court in the county where the adoption was finalized.

Michigan State Archives

State Archives

Contact: (313) 246-8511

Results Include

Full State Record Report:

  • Marriage Records
  • Divorce Records
  • Death Records
  • Birth Records
  • Criminal Records
  • Assets
  • Property Ownership
  • Bankruptcies
  • Judgments
  • Liens
  • Public Records
  • Addresses
  • Phone Numbers
  • Relatives & Associates

Results are based upon available information from state, county and municipal databases, and may not include some or all of the above details.

Michigan

Michigan

  • State Archives holds over 33,000 cubic feet of records.
  • There are 2 levels of Courts: trial and appellate.
  • There are four divisions of the Court of Appeals, is located in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lasing, and Marquette.
  • There are 57 circuit courts in the State of Michigan.
  • The highest Court in Michigan is Michigan Supreme Court.

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