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Michigan Department of Corrections

Court Records

State office

Michigan Department of Corrections

Central Records Office

PO Box 30003 Lansing, MI 48909

Records Available:

Inmate records are available to the general public, and MDOC, complying with Michigan law, provides public information to requesters. Information available includes records on over 300,000 prisoners and parolees, such as status, location of facility or parole office, conviction information, biographical information, a photo, physical descriptions including tattoos and scars, sentence information and release date.

Access to Michigan Court Records

Retrieving Records

The Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) offers public access to incarceration records through its online service, the Offender Tracking Information System (OTIS). OTIS includes information about offenders in the MDOC’s custody who have been arrested, convicted, and sentenced. Anyone may search for incarceration records by the offender’s name, MDOC number, sex, race, age, offender status, or physical identifiers. Database users may also search by the inmate’s offender status. Active offenders, parolees, probationers, absconders, and discharged offenders are included in OTIS.


In the interest of public safety, any member of the public may use the Michigan Department of Corrections’ online offender tracking system free of charge.

Years Available

Incarceration records are available on OTIS while the offender is incarcerated and for three years after he or she is discharged from the MDOC system.