Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
It is the public policy of this state that all persons, except those persons incarcerated in state or local correctional facilities, are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those who represent them as public officials and public employees, consistent with this act. The people shall be informed so that they may fully participate in the democratic process.
Michigan's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 1976 PA 442, provides that certain persons can receive copies or make inspections of most public records of public bodies upon written request. The person must sufficiently describe the records he or she seeks. The public body may charge a fee to cover the cost of complying with a person's FOIA request.
Please note: These records will be available in the FOIA Center for 365 calendar days; and will then be destroyed as required by the Department's records and retention schedule.
Effective December 28, 2018, the requirements for submitting and handling a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request have changed.