Search, Modify, Locate, Set Aside, or Expungement of Criminal History Records

Procedure to search criminal history records: 

Procedure to modify your criminal history record information: 

Procedure to search criminal history records for employment/licensing when fingerprints are required by law: 

 The search is for arrests with conviction unless the governing statute requires arrests without conviction to be provided: 

  • Obtain a Live Scan Fingerprint Background Check Request form from your employer/licensing agency. 
  • Complete sections II and IV of the form. 
  • Contact an approved Live Scan vendor
  • The Live Scan vendor will collect the State and FBI search fee.  Please note that an additional service fee may be charged by the Live Scan vendor. 
  • Other Live Scan sites may be available through the sheriff or local police departments. 
  • Turnaround time is seven business days or less.  Responses will be returned to the requestor identified by the agency ID number. 
  • Employers needing an agency number can call the number below. 

Procedure to search criminal history records for visa, immigration, personal records check or adoption (fingerprints are required): 

Individuals requesting their own criminal history receive all data (public & nonpublic): 

  • If you are a Michigan resident, go to your local Michigan law enforcement agency and ask to be printed on a Michigan Applicant Fingerprint card (RI-008).  Complete the card entirely. 
  • If you are not a Michigan resident but require a Michigan criminal history record check, go to any law enforcement agency in the state where you reside and ask to be printed on an FBI Applicant Fingerprint card (FD-258).  In the "Reason Fingerprinted" block of the card write in "Michigan Record Check".  Complete the card entirely.  Include a cover letter explaining the reason for the fingerprint submission.  Requirements are the same as Michigan residents. 
  • If more than one original certified or notarized response is required, there will be an additional fee of $1.00 each added to the processing fee. 
  • Provide a return address in block F of the card.  We can only send a criminal history to the individual that was printed.  Even, if requested, we cannot mail it to another individual or agency.  The applicant should include a return address, phone number and/or e-mail address. 
  • Submit the card and a $30.00 processing fee in the form of a money order or check made payable to the State of Michigan. 
  • Mail the above information to the Michigan State Police, CJIC, P.O. Box 30266, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7766. 
  • Allow 3 to 5 weeks for processing and mail delivery of the Michigan criminal history record search. 
  • No walk-in traffic is allowed. 
  • If you require a national criminal history record check for a visa, immigration, personal records or adoption, you must ask the local law enforcement agency to be printed on an FBI Applicant Fingerprint card (FD-258) or a similar card.  The card, fee and a letter explaining your requirements must be sent directly to the FBI.  Details regarding the FBI requirements can be found at www.fbi.gov.  Select the link titled "Services" and follow the instructions listed under "Fingerprints and Other Biometrics" or you may phone their office in West Virginia at 304-625-5590 and speak with a Customer Service Representative. 

Petitioning the court for a legal change of name: 

  • Make a formal application with the court for a legal name change. 
  • Go to your local Michigan law enforcement agency and ask to be printed on a Michigan Applicant Fingerprint card (RI-008). Complete the card entirely. 
  • Submit the card to the Michigan State Police, CJIC, P.O. Box 30266, Lansing, Michigan, 48909-7766, along with a $43.25 processing fee (check or money order) made payable to the State of Michigan and a copy of the Petition to Change Name form.
  • No walk-in traffic is allowed.
  • Questions regarding your legal change of name should be directed to the court that holds your name change application. 

Procedure to search criminal history records, by name, without fingerprints: 

The search by name is only for criminal convictions that may be on file.  Most employment checks are by name only, unless fingerprints are required for licensing or by state law. 

  • Go to www.michigan.gov/ichat.  You will be required to register with an e-mail address as well as your name and address.  All fields marked with an asterisk (*) are mandatory.  You will need to create your own password; the password must be between 6 and 12 characters long, contain both letters and numbers, and it is case sensitive. 
  • Once you have registered, click on "Search for Criminal History".  You will be asked how many searches you wish to perform. 
  • You will then be prompted for credit card information.  The cost is $10.00 for each search, payable with a Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit or debit card. 
  • Once your credit card transaction has been approved, you will be sent to the search information page.  All fields marked with an asterisk (*) are mandatory; the search cannot run without name, race, date of birth, and gender.  You are also allowed up to three variations on a name.  Examples: Mary Jane Doe, Mary Jane Smith, Jane Doe, and Jane Smith can all be searched together. 
  • Once you click on the submit button, the search should be completed in less than a minute.  You will still be on the search screen.  Scroll down and you will be given the option of doing more searches or viewing the responses. 
  • When you view the response, click on the person's last name.  You will either be told that the person has no record or you will be shown the person's conviction record.

Procedure to set aside a conviction : 

 This is a judge-ordered removal of a criminal record (from public to nonpublic) for an adult or juvenile conviction.

  • Instructions for setting aside juvenile adjudications and adult convictions
  • As noted in the SCAO instructions, you can check your public criminal history at ICHAT.  ICHAT searches cost $10, and you can save or print a copy immediately. This may save you time and money by helping you determine if you are eligible for a set aside.  Please note that ICHAT will not show juvenile cases for which the final adjudication is not on file with the Department of State Police, and local court files may have additional information.
  • The criteria to set aside an adjudication for a juvenile offense is found within MCL 712A.18e and the criteria to set aside a conviction for an adult offense is found within MCL 780.621
  • You must receive and complete an application to set aside an adult or juvenile conviction from the court where you were convicted and a certified copy of the judgment of sentence, probation order, or register of actions. The proper form for adults is the MC227 and for juveniles is the JC66
  • Go to a Michigan law enforcement agency and ask to be printed on a Michigan Applicant Fingerprint card (RI-008). Complete the card entirely. 
  • Submit the Applicant Fingerprint card (RI-008), the application form from the court (MC227 or JC66), a certified copy of the judgment of sentence, probation order, or register of actions, and a $50.00 ($25.00 juvenile set aside) processing fee in the form of a money order or check made payable to the State of Michigan.  If applying for set asides in multiple courts, additional fingerprints and fees are required.
  • Mail the above information to the Michigan State Police, CJIC, P.O. Box 30266, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7766. 
  • No walk-in traffic is allowed. Allow 4 - 6 weeks for processing and mail delivery of the Michigan criminal history record search.

Information regarding the "return of prints" with disposition findings of: not guilty, not guilty by reason of insanity, dismissal, or nolle prosequi can be found in MCL 28.243 

  • The criteria to have fingerprints removed are found within MCL 28.243. 
  • The form MC235 (Motion for Destruction of Biometric Data and Arrest Card) must be completed by the court and signed by the judge. 
  • The Defendant's or Juvenile's name, current address, telephone number, and date of birth must be completed on the form. 
  • Fingerprints cannot be returned when the case is dismissed under the following statutes: 
The form can be faxed to 517-322-6288 or mailed to: 

Michigan State Police 
CJIC
P.O. Box 30266 
Lansing, Michigan 48909-7766

No walk-in traffic is allowed.

Procedure for the suppression of records (nonpublic): 

  • A suppression of records is a record made nonpublic by court order (fingerprints are not returned). 
  • If you feel your record should be suppressed/nonpublic, contact the court of conviction. 
  • No walk-in traffic is allowed.

Procedure to correct a court disposition: 

  • If the judicial segment of your criminal history record is in error, obtain a copy of the correct court disposition from the court and attach it to the record print out for mailing. 
  • Mail the above information to the Michigan State Police, CJIC, P.O. Box 30266, Lansing, Michigan  48909-7766.
  • Allow 4 - 6 weeks for processing and mail delivery of the Michigan criminal history record search.

If you have further questions:
Phone 517-241-0606
FAX 517-241-0866
E-Mail:  msp-crd-crimhelp@michigan.gov

FBI Record: 

If you would like to correct information posted on the FBI record, you must contact the agency that furnished the information to the FBI.  For details outlining this procedure, please call 304-625-5590 and select option 2 or you may visit their website at www.fbi.gov for instructions on how to challenge your FBI record.  This includes all arrests by federal agencies, even those in Michigan. 

Contact msp-crd-crimhelp@michigan.gov if the entry on the FBI record is a Michigan law enforcement agency other than a Michigan-based federal agency.