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Michigan Background Check Resources

Background checks are governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Most state laws concerning public records and background checks are very liberal and straightforward. In the State of Michigan, public records are readily available to anyone wishing to obtain them through appropriate official state agency channels. Background checks are instrumental in the parties' ability to enter into various legally binding contracts, and as such, are always a good idea. Background checks generally require a written permission prior to performing the inquiry. Occasionally, it is possible to obtain such reports without permission, but the results may lack in-depth details.

If the background check adversely affects the consumer, the party accessing public records must provide a copy of the report and a summary of the consumer's rights under FCRA, and allow the consumer reasonable time to contest the report. Due to the increasing threat of identity theft, some states (i. e. California) may now require the employer to provide a copy of the background check report to the consumer regardless of its content.

Call the telephone numbers listed below (or visit the listed websites) to learn how to access the specific background check information you're seeking. Public information may be accessible online or by phone, mail or in person.

It's always best to call before sending written inquiries in order to obtain exact addressing/ordering information.

MICHIGAN STATE INFORMATION HOT LINE:
(517) 373-1837

MICHIGAN STATE WEB SITE:
www.state.mi.us

Governor's Office

Attorney General's Office

Legislative Records

State Archives
Criminal Records
Michigan State Police
Central Records Division
General Building
7150 Harris Drive
Lansing MI 48913
(517) 322-1956
(517) 322-0635 (fax)
www.michigan.gov/msp


Driving Records
Department of State Police
Record Look-up Unit
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing MI 48918
(517) 322-1624
(517) 322-1181 (fax)
www.michigan.gov/sos

Vehicle Ownership Information
Department of State Police
Record Look-up Unit
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing MI 48918
(517) 322-1624
(517) 322-1181 (fax)
www.michigan.gov/sos

Vital Statistics
(birth, death, divorce, marriage)
Department of Health
Office of the State Registrar
PO Box 30195
Lansing MI 48909
(517) 335-8666
(517) 321-5884 (fax)
www.mdch.state.mi.us/PHA/OSR/Vital_records/index.htm

Business/Corporate Records
Department of Consumer & Industrial Services
Corporation Division
PO Box 30054
Lansing MI 48909
(517) 241-6470
(517) 241-0538 (fax)

Workers Compensation Information
Department of Consumer & Industrial Services
Workers Disability Compensation
7150 Harris Drive
Lansing MI 48909
(517) 322-1884
(517) 322-1808 (fax)
www.michigan.gov/cis

UCCs and Tax Liens
Department of State
UCC Section
PO Box 30197
Lansing MI 48909-7697
(517) 322-1144
(517) 322-5434 (fax)
www.michigan.gov/sos

It's always best to call before sending written inquiries in order to obtain exact addressing/ordering information.

Note: Government agencies are continually updating and expanding online access to their records; consequently, this page is continually updated and expanded. Check back for the latest information!

City-County Cross Index

Alcona County
P.O. Box 308
Harrisville, MI 48740
(989) 724-6807

Alger County
P.O. Box 538
Munising, MI 49862-1103
(906) 387-2076

Allegan County
113 Chestnut St.
Allegan, MI 49010-1332
(269) 673-0300

Alpena County
720 Chisholm St.
Alpena, MI 49707-2453
(989) 354-9520

Antrim County
P.O. Box 520
Bellaire, MI 49615-0520
(231) 533-6353

ONLINE: Most Wanted
http://www.torchlake.com/acsd

Arenac County
P.O. Box 747
Standish, MI 48658-0747
(989) 846-9186

Baraga County
16 N. 3rd St.
L'Anse, MI 49946
(906) 524-6183

Barry County
220 W. State St.
Hastings, MI 49058-1849
(269) 945-1286

ONLINE: Deaths
www.co.branch.mi.us/deathsearch.taf

Bay County
515 Center Ave.
Bay City, MI 48708-5941
(989) 895-4265

ONLINE: Court Calendars
www.baycountycourts.com/bcc/home.nsf/public/court_calendar.htm

Property Tax
www.co.bay.mi.us/bay/ptq.nsf

Benzie County
P.O. Box 398
Beulah, MI 49617
(231) 882-9671

Berrien County
811 Port St.
Saint Joseph, MI 49085-1156
(269) 983-7111

Branch County
31 Division St.
Coldwater, MI 49036-1904
(517) 279-4306

ONLINE: Assessor, Property Tax
www.co.bay.mi.us/bay/ptq.nsf

Calhoun County
315 West Green St.
Marshall, MI 49068-1516
(269) 969-6518

Cass County
P.O. Box 355
Cassopolis, MI 49031-0355
(269) 445-4416

Charlevoix County
203 Antrim St.
Charlevoix, MI 49720
(231) 547-7200

Cheboygan County
P.O. Box 70
Cheboygan, MI 49721-0070
(231) 627-8808

Chippewa County
319 Court St.
Sault Sainte Marie, MI 49783-2183
(906) 635-6300

Clare County
P.O. Box 438
Harrison, MI 48625-0438
(989) 539-7131

Clinton County
Box 69
Saint Johns, MI 48879-1571
(989) 224-5140

Crawford County
200 W. Michigan Ave.
Grayling, MI 49738-1745
(989) 348-2841
ONLINE: Most Wanted
www.crawfordsheriff.org/Misc/wanted/wanted.htm

Delta County
310 Ludington St.
Escanaba, MI 49829-4057
(906) 789-5105

Dickinson County
P.O. Box 609
Iron Mountain, MI 49801-3403
(906) 774-0988

Eaton County
1045 Independence Blvd.
Charlotte, MI 48813-1033
(517) 543-7500

Emmet County
200 Division St.
Petoskey, MI 49770-2444
(231) 348-1744

Genesee County
900 S. Saginaw, Room 202
Flint, MI 48502
(810) 257-3220

Gladwin County
401 W. Cedar Ave.
Gladwin, MI 48624-2088
(989) 426-7351

Gogebic County
200 N. Moore St.
Bessemer, MI 49911-1052
(906) 663-4518

Grand Traverse County
400 Boardman Ave.
Traverse City, MI 49684-2577
(231) 922-4710

ONLINE: Marriage, Death
www.tcnet.org/gtcounty/index.html

Gratiot County
P.O. Box 437
Ithaca, MI 48847-1446
(989) 875-5215

Hillsdale County
County Courthouse
29 N. Howell St.
Hillsdale, MI 49242-1865
(517) 437-3391

Houghton County
401 E. Houghton Ave.
Houghton, MI 49931-2016
(906) 482-5420

Huron County
Huron County Courthouse
250 E. Huron Ave., Rm. 201
Bad Axe, MI 48413-1317
(989) 269-9942

Ingham County
P.O. Box 179
Mason, MI 48854-0179
(517) 483-6500

Ionia County
100 Main St.
Ionia, MI 48846
(616) 527-5322

Iosco County
P.O. Box 838
Tawas City, MI 48764-0838
(989) 362-3497

Iron County
2 S. 6th St.
Crystal Falls, MI 49920-1413
(906) 875-3221

Isabella County
200 N. Main St.
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858-2321
(989) 772-0911

Jackson County
312 Jackson St.
Jackson, MI 49201
(517) 788-4268

ONLINE: Foreclosed Property Sales
www.jacksoncountytaxsale.com/local_units.htm

Kalamazoo County
201 W. Kalamazoo Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007-3726
(616) 383-8837

Kalkaska County
P.O. Box 10
Kalkaska, MI 49646-9436
(231) 258-3300

Kent County
300 Monroe Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 632-5480

Keweenaw County
HC1 Box 607
Eagle River, MI 49924-9700
(906) 337-2229

Lake County
P.O. Drawer B
Baldwin, MI 49304-0902
(231) 745-4614

Lapeer County
255 Clay St.
Lapeer, MI 48446-2205
(810) 667-0358

Leelanau County
County Courthouse
P.O. Box 467
Leland, MI 49654
(231) 256-9824

Lenawee County
425 N. Main St.
Adrian, MI 49221
(517) 264-4597

Livingston County
200 E. Grand River St.
Howell, MI 48843
(517) 546-9816

Luce County
407 W. Harrie St.
Newberry, MI 49868
(906) 293-5521

Mackinac County
100 Marley St.
Saint Ignace, MI 49781
(906) 643-7300

Macomb County
40 N. Main St.
Mount Clemens, MI 48043-5661
(586) 469-5120

Manistee County
415 3rd St.
Manistee, MI 49660-1606
(231) 723-3331

Marquette County
234 W. Baraga Ave.
Marquette, MI 49855
(906) 225-8330


Mason County
304 E. Ludington Ave.
Ludington, MI 49431-1797
(231) 845-1445

Mecosta County
400 Elm St.
Big Rapids, MI 49307-1849
(231) 592-0783

Big Rapids Property, Assessor

Menominee County
839 10th Ave.
Menominee, MI 49858-3000
(906) 863-9968

Midland County
220 W. Ellsworth
Midland, MI 48640-5162
(989) 832-6735

Missaukee County
P.O. Box 800
Lake City, MI 49651-0800
(231) 839-4967

Monroe County
106 E. 1st St.
Monroe, MI 48161-2143
(734) 240-7020

Montcalm County
P.O. Box 368
Stanton, MI 48888-9799
(989) 831-3520

Montmorency County
County Courthouse
P.O. Box 789
Atlanta, MI 49709-0415
(989) 785-8022

Muskegon County
990 Terrace St., 2nd Floor
Muskegon, MI 49442
(231) 724-6251

Newaygo County
P.O. Box 885
White Cloud, MI 49349-0885
(231) 689-7269

Oakland County
1200 N. Telegraph Rd.
Pontiac, MI 48341-0413
(248) 858-0581

Oceana County
P.O. Box 653
Hart, MI 49420
(231) 873-3977

Ogemaw County
806 W. Houghton Ave.
West Branch, MI 48661-0008
(989) 345-0215

Ontonagon County
725 Greenland Rd.
Ontonagon, MI 49953-1423
(906) 884-2806

Osceola County
P.O. Box 208
Reed City, MI 49677
(616) 832-3261

Oscoda County
P.O. Box 399
Mio, MI 48647-0399
(231) 832-6103

Otsego County
225 W. Main St.
Gaylord, MI 49735-1348
(989) 732-6484

Ottawa County
414 Washington St., Room 301
Grand Haven, MI 49417-1443
(616) 846-8136

Presque Isle County
P.O. Box 110
Rogers City, MI 49779-0110
(989) 734-3288

Roscommon County
P.O. Box 98
Roscommon, MI 48653-0098
(989) 275-1902

Saginaw County
111 S. Michigan Ave., Room 101
Saginaw, MI 48602-2086
(989) 790-5541

Saint Clair County
201 McMorran Blvd.
Port Huron, MI 48060
(810) 985-2200

Saint Joseph County
P.O. Box 189
Centreville, MI 49032-0189
(269) 467-5532

Sanilac County
60 W. Sanilac Ave.
Sandusky, MI 48471
(810) 648-3212

Schoolcraft County
300 Walnut St., Room 164
Manistique, MI 49854
(906) 341-3618

Shiawassee County
208 N. Shiawassee St.
Corunna, MI 48817
(989) 743-2262

Tuscola County
440 N. State St.
Caro, MI 48723
(989) 672-3780

Van Buren County
212 Paw Paw St.
Paw Paw, MI 49079-1492
(269) 657-8218

Washtenaw County
P.O. Box 8645
Ann Arbor, MI 48107-8645
(734) 222-3001

Wayne County
City County Bldg.
211 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226-2831
(313) 224-5509

City of Dearborn Residential Property

Wexford County
P.O. Box 490
Cadillac, MI 49601-1905
(231) 779-9450