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Michigan State Police
333 S. Grand Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48909
(517) 241-0606

The Michigan State Police oversees the Criminal Justice Information Center (CJIC), which acts as the state’s central repository for all criminal records. The CJIC collects criminal records from prosecutors, the court system and law enforcement agencies in order to compile a dynamic database for all pending charges, arrests and convictions. Michigan background checks can be conducted by anyone, although only public Michigan criminal background check information will be released in these cases.

All conviction information related to crimes that command a punishment in excess of 93 days are reported to the CJIC for inclusion in the database. Background checks in Michigan for individuals and businesses are largely name-based searches. A full name and date of birth are the minimum information required to perform a Michigan background check. Criminal justice agencies may access an individual’s complete criminal history, and an individual may review his own complete record for accuracy, although a fingerprint search is recommended for accuracy.


Steps for Retriving a Michigan Background Check

Step 1 

If you don’t already have an iChat account, visit Michigan iChat and click on register to set up a free account.

Step 2 

After completing the registration, visit “Search for Criminal History” and enter in how many searches you want to perform.

Step 3 

Enter in a valid credit card before proceeding. You cannot perform a search until you have paid.

Step 4 

Enter in the following information in the search fields: full name, date of birth, race and gender. If you know of any name variations or aliases, you may enter up to three.

Step 5 

Submit your search and view your results. You will either view criminal records for that person or be advised that the individual doesn’t have a record.

Michigan Background Check Special Notes

Although background checks in Michigan are mostly name-based, fingerprint searches can be completed under certain circumstances. For example, some state agencies might require this type of Michigan background check, such as immigration and employers. Michigan criminal background checks can be performed from the comfort of a home computer, making it easy for individuals to conduct criminal history searches. It’s important to remember that name-based searches can result in false positives, meaning a criminal record might appear on the record of another person due to a similarity in name, date of birth or fraud. This is why the CJIC has measures in place to help individuals correct any mistakes found on their own criminal records. Should a mistake be found, the proper procedures should be followed to ensure the record in question is corrected.

Record request form

Individuals who wish to perform a Michigan background check should visit the following site: Michigan iChat.

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