Michigan Department of State Police Written Public Summary of the Department's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Procedures and Guidelines
A. How to Submit Written Requests
FOIA requests to the Michigan State Police can be submitted by email or mail to:
Mail: Michigan State Police
Attn: FOIA Coordinator
P.O. Box 30634
Lansing, MI 48909
Requests can also be faxed to 517-241-1935.
Requests should include a name, phone number, and mailing address.
B. How to Understand the Department’s Written Responses to FOIA Requests.
If the request is granted or granted in part and denied in part, the department can also charge a fee to process the request. Fees are calculated using its procedures and guidelines and you will receive a detailed itemization of the fee. The department may require you to pay a good-faith deposit before it processes your request. After you pay any deposit and final balance due, the department will produce records in its possession that fall within the scope of your request and that legally may be disclosed to the public. The department may also notify you that some of the records you have requested are available on its website.
If the request is denied, the department will inform you of the basis for its denial in a written notice.
Reasons the department may deny a request include:
You did not describe the records you have requested well enough and the department cannot determine what you are asking for;
The department has determined that it does not have records that respond to your request in its possession; or
The records you have requested are exempt from public disclosure.
If all or part of your request is denied, the department will inform you of your right to appeal its denial to the head of the department and/or to file a lawsuit against the department in its written response.
C. Deposit Requirements.
D. Fee Calculations.
the costs of labor for the search, location, and examination of public records;
the costs of labor for the review of public records and separation and deletion of exempt from nonexempt material;
the cost of non-paper physical media;
the cost of duplication and publication of public records;
the costs of labor for the duplication or publication of public records;
the actual cost of mailing public records.
E. Avenues for challenge and appeal.
If the department charges a fee or denies all or part of a request, you may submit to the head of the department a written appeal that specifically states the word “appeal” and identifies the basis for which the fee should be reduced or the disclosure determination should be reversed. Written appeals may be sent to the email address or mailing address listed above and will be forwarded to the Director of the State Police or the person designated by the Director to respond to written appeals.
F. Transparency Liaison.
The transparency liaison is available to assist members of the public in navigating the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and other laws applicable to public records. In addition, the transparency liaison can provide information on participation in public meetings and compliance with the Open Meetings Act. The transparency liaison can be contacted at: